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Caring is In Our Nature

Caring is In Our Nature

“The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” —Lady Bird Johnson

From climate change to conservation, environmental issues deserve our attention all year. Spring is a great time to highlight our shared responsibilities as stewards of the planet.

ABHCM members around the country have implemented sustainable, or green, practices in their operations, and I am happy to share a few of these stories with you.

Nikkei Senior Gardens, an assisted living community in Arleta, California, installed a 468-panel solar power system to reduce its utility bills and carbon footprint, a project led by the community’s board of directors. The panels will offset around 5 million pounds of carbon emissions over the next two decades. Nikkei is enthusiastic about playing its part to curb environmental degradation.

In Oakland, California, Grand Lake Gardens hosted an exclusive screening of the documentary film project “Trailhead,” which explores the network of trails that wind from Oakland’s urban neighborhoods to the Redwood forests. Residents of the continuing care retirement community take to those trails for exercise, leisure and adventure throughout the year, and the film demonstrated how their home is intertwined with the natural world around them.

Tacoma, Washington’s Harbor View Manor received the 2015 Excellence in Affordable Housing Award for Sustainability from the Tacoma-Pierce County Affordable Housing Consortium. The award is given to organizations that successfully marry sustainable practices and affordable housing. The community underwent $9.6 million in renovations, including the addition of energy-efficient hot water boilers, lighting and a ventilation system, and updated water and sewer lines.

Caring is the hallmark of ABHCM member ministries’ work — and that extends to caring for the Earth itself. It’s inspiring to see how our members contribute to the preservation of our future. We each have the power to do a little more, to make thoughtful choices, and to imagine a better world together.

Peace and blessings,

Bill Painter
ABHCM Board President

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