Last month, I blogged about sustainability in senior living. Since then, I’ve learned about some excellent efforts by individual senior living communities, and decided to give a shout out to the groups doing some great green things!
Achieving LEED Gold Certification
Landis Homes’ new continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Lititz, PA, has earned LEED Gold certification, meaning it has incorporated strategies that minimize the construction’s impact on water resources and ecosystems, and promoted energy conservation by using sustainable building materials and reducing waste. Landis Homes has performed a stream bed restoration project to protect the Chesapeake Bay, and its downtown loft apartments are using pervious paving to keep rainwater out of the sewer system.
In addition, The Mather, a Mather LifeWays CCRC in Evanston, IL, was recently awarded the coveted LEED Gold certification for its second phase of construction. The building has been outfitted with energy efficient lighting fixtures, adaptive landscaping to reduce irrigation needs, and reflective roofing materials to increase the amount of indoor natural light.
Competing in the ENERGY STAR National Building Competition
In 2012, 630 senior living communities from 39 states and Washington, D.C., were some of the 3,200 competitors in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Battle of the Buildings. Participants were charged with tracking their community’s monthly energy and water consumption using EPA’s ENERGY STAR online tracking tool.
And it was Sunrise Senior Living that came out on top in the senior care facility category for 2012, showing a more than 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency. Sunrise was also a top water performer, reducing water consumption in some communities by more than 50 percent. Additional senior care participants included Brookdale Senior Living, Health Care REIT, and Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, MI.
The official launch of the 2013 competition will take place on August 20. We look forward to finding out about this year’s senior living participants who are competing to become the “biggest energy losers”!