Residents of Woodland Pond at New Paltz, a premier continuing care retirement community, are participating in green programs that conserve resources and energy, repurpose materials and reduce damage to the environment. Many of the residents started and continue to support environmental programs. These active residents encourage fellow seniors to keep the community clean and make a conscious effort to keep America beautiful. Residents recently celebrated National Keep America Beautiful Month this past April, and they acknowledge that these programs help them fulfill their goal of making a positive impact the environment.
“Here at Woodland Pond we are grateful for Interfaith Earth Action's efforts to nurture and heal our environment,” said Steve Kohn, a resident of Woodland Pond, member of the Interfaith Earth Action Committee and of the Woodland Pond Interfaith Committee. “I am an active participant in the green programs, and I am an advocate for the environment. I want to keep the world beautiful, clean and healthy for my grandchildren. Each of us can play a part in preserving and healing our environment.”
Currently, Woodland Pond residents are focused on making every day Earth Day by participating in the abundance of conservation programs available at Woodland Pond. Residents have access to recycling bins and take part in a composting program through Community Compost Co., in New Paltz. Since September 2015, residents have helped keep 20,000 pounds of compost from ending up in garbage dumps.
Woodland Pond at New Paltz has taken the following steps to alleviate deterioration of the environment and reduce the use of water, energy and other resources the community:
• Has not used pesticides since its opening in 2009
• Placed washable HVAC filters in all apartments
• Uses environmentally-safe detergent for all laundering
• Uses a battery-recycling program for staff and individual residences
• Uses non-toxic cleaning products in common areas
• Uses recycled toilet paper and paper towels
• Uses low-VOC paints in common areas, apartment homes and cottages
• Uses LED and CFL light bulbs in common areas, apartment homes and cottages
• Has installed low-flush toilets, low-flow showerheads and low-water-usage washing machines
“We encourage residents to decrease the amount of trash by suggesting that they bring plastic, reusable containers from home for leftovers, as well as use reusable cups for coffee, tea, water and any other beverage,” said Sarah Hull, resident services director for Woodland Pond. “Every little bit makes a difference, and we have noticed a substantial reduction in the amount of to-go containers and throw-away cups being used. More residents are doing their part to lessen their impact on the environment. I am proud of Woodland Pond’s continued efforts to help keep American beautiful.”