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From buying smaller houses to installing solar panels, when it comes to housing much of the sustainability advice that is out there focuses on home owners, and home buyers. But what about those who rent? TreeHugger's own guide on how to green your rental is a good place to start, but surely there should be a voice out there for non-homeowners who want to go green. Luckily, there is.Green Renters is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping renters reduce their carbon footprint. Based in Brunswick, Australia, the charity was started out of a sheer sense of frustration at how little information or resources were made available to renters about greening home-based carbon emissions and other environmental issues:
Green Renters started in 2009, frustrated with the lack of information and resources specifically for renters. Much of the mainstream environmental movement focuses on what people can do if they are in a position to retrofit their existing home or are planning to build an environmentally friendly home. Most renters are not able to install solar energy or a rainwater tank for example. The organisation aims to talk and demonstrate what renters can do to live more sustainably and reduce their carbon footprint.
From organizing panel discussions at a recent green living festival, through undertaking the first demographic survey of renters across Australia, the group has already been busy. Next up are several projects including an International Student Challenge and a Green Renting Expo for residents of social housing.
Their site also offers a room-by-room collection of articles and blog posts with tips and ideas from other renters about how to go green without signing up for a mortgage. Awesome stuff. Any renters who want to share their tips and experiences, feel free to do so in the comments box below.