Greening the MLS

A "green" Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system offers data entry fields to identify green features and certifications. This helps agents search for sustainable homes and properties, and allows builders and sellers to market their green endeavors.

In order to advance the green building movement, MLS systems should be including green data entry fields. This would involve local boards and MLS committees to understand and commit to a green initiative. The Green REsource Council hopes that by providing education, advice and panel discussions on sustainable property issues, we can expand our reach and encourage positive change.

View the Green MLS Tool Kit here! or View the Green MLS Implementation Guide

 

Learn From Green MLS Examples

The following is a list of green entry fields, guidelines and best practices organized by MLS system. The list was compiled prior to the Green MLS Implementation Guide's launch and therefore these examples are not all RETS-compliant.

AL-Baldwin County MLS Inputs (PDF 98KB)

AZ-Green Valley Sahuarita Green MLS Inputs (PDF 198KB)
AZ-Tucson MLS Green Plans (PDF 348KB)
AZ-Phoenix MLS Green Plans (PDF 91KB)

CA-Santa Barbara MLS Inputs (PDF 434KB)
CA-SoCal MLS Inputs (PDF 219KB)
CA-Tuolumne County Green MLS Inputs (PDF 105KB)
CA-MLSListings Green Fields Glossary (PDF 89KB)
CA-MLSListings Green Certification Indentifier (PDF 186KB)
CA-Pismo Coast MLS Green Data Fields (PDF 75KB)

CO-Colorado Real Estate Network Residential Data Form (PDF 322KB)
CO-Chaffee County MLS Inputs (PDF 69KB)
CO-Steamboat Springs Energy Efficient Features (PDF 208KB)

FL-St. Augustine and St. Johns County MLS Coded Features (PDF 132KB)
FL-St. Augustine and St. Johns County MLS Green Data Fields (PDF 114KB)

IA-Des Moines Area MLS Energy-Green Fields (PDF 29KB)

IN- Elkhart County Residential Farm Data Form (PDF 149KB)

MA-Berkshire County MLS Energy Features (PDF 105KB)

MI-Traverse City MLS Inputs (PDF 187KB)
MI-Traverse City Green Disclosure Statement (PDF 126KB)

NC-Triangle Area MLS Inputs (PDF 460KB)

NM-Albuquerque MLS Green Plans (PDF 213KB)
NM-San Juan County Green Data Form (PDF 312KB)

NY-RVW Energy Efficient Data (PDF 130KB)

OR-Portland MLS Inputs (PDF 622KB)
OR-Portland Listing Abbreviations (PDF 157KB)
OR-Oregon Green Fields (PDF 64KB)
OR-Oregon Abbreviation List (PDF 167KB)

PA-Lehigh Valley Residential Profile Sheet (PDF 30KB)

SC-Charleston MLS Inputs (PDF 188KB)

TN-Memphis Green Features Checklist (PDF 130KB)
TN-Middle TN MLS Inputs (PDF 93KB)

TX-Austin MLS Inputs 1 (PDF 84 KB)
TX-Austin MLS Inputs 2 (PDF 84 KB)
TX-San Antonio MLS Inputs (PDF 643KB)
TX-Houston MLS Green Plans (PDF 137KB)

VA- Central Virginia Regional MLS Green Fields (PDF 103KB)

Department of Energy Guide to Greening Your MLS (PDF 55KB)

"I am so glad to have this resource. When I went before my local MLS last November to enhance our MLS with green searchable fields, I had very little data to present. How much easier it is today (just a short 6 months later) with the information here. We have kinks to iron out before we expand our fields to include green features in existing homes, but we will, thanks to all the information you are making available.

- Jane Bixler Conn, GREEN, Tallahassee, Florida

We Need Your Help

The Green REsource Council is collecting samples of new, RETS-Compliant data fields. If your MLS is currently migrating to RETS-Compliant green data fields, please send us a copy of what's made available. at greendesignation@realtors.org. Please be sure to get permission from your local MLS board to share green data entry fields with NAR's Green REsource Council. Together, we can make the MLS a little greener!

The Green MLS Tool Kit