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Journal of Aging Research
Volume 2014, Article ID 919054, 7 pages
Research Article

Sustainability Literacy of Older People in Retirement Villages

1School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Garden Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia
2School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, City East Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia
3School of Design, Queensland University of Technology, Garden Point Campus, 2 George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4001, Australia

Received 16 September 2014; Revised 8 December 2014; Accepted 10 December 2014; Published 22 December 2014

Academic Editor: Elke Bromberg

Copyright © 2014 Bo Xia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


With many developed countries experiencing the aging of the population, older people play a large role in contributing to environmental problems but also to environmental solutions. The purpose of this research is to understand the awareness and behavior of current older people living in retirement villages towards sustainability development. To achieve this, a sustainability literacy survey was conducted with 65 older residents of a private retirement village located 10 Km outside the Brisbane, Australia’s central business district (CBD). Most of residents recognized the importance of environment protection and would like to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. In addition, the majority were willing to pay higher prices for a living environment with sustainable features. The importance of positive social communications was emphasized with most residents having established good relationships with others in the village. The findings provide an important insight into consumer perspectives regarding the sustainable features that should and can be incorporated into the village planning and development.