How MLSs can go 'green'

New ways to highlight homes' environmentally friendly features

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Just in time for Earth Day this week, the National Association of Realtors released a website designed to help multiple listing services identify and market features in their listings that lessen the environmental impacts of the homes.

The Green MLS Tool Kit encourages MLSs to go "green" by adding searchable fields and/or a checklist of ecological features to listings input forms. Such features could include native vegetation for landscaping, recycled building materials, a solar water heating system, and graywater plumbing, among many others.