Environmental responsibility today, for a better tomorrow.
In 2005, Valle Verde - working with local nonprofit executives - launched a campus-wide Green Initiative to reduce the retirement community's dependence on electricity, decrease waste and improve the environment.
We began by employing solar electric panels on covered walkways, which now produce photovoltaic energy equal to 52,000 kilowatts of electricity. Our initiative toward reduced energy use and water consumption has grown to include the addition of solar water heaters, high-efficiency boilers and low-flow toilets and showerheads.
Campus-wide efforts to reduce our dependence on electricity, decrease waste and improve the environment include:
- Solar electric panels on covered walkways
- Solar water heaters, high-efficiency boilers and low-flow toilets and showerheads
- The purchase of up to 85% of produce from local farms
- Native and drought-tolerant landscaping
- Green waste composting
- Climate-controlled irrigation
- Use of reclaimed water for landscaping
- Extensive recycling
- Alternative transportation programs for staff and residents
The results have been more than gratifying for community leadership, residents and staff. Utility cost savings have been significant, and Valle Verde has seen a reduction in energy and water consumption, reduced waste, and lower operating costs - not to mention the intangible rewards of contributing to a cleaner environment.
These efforts have also earned broad recognition for Valle Verde, contributing to the community's status as a leader in Santa Barbara retirement living:
- California Waste Reduction Award: 2007, 2008 and 2009
- City of Santa Barbara Solar Energy System Recognition Award and Certificate: 2007 and 2009
- AAHSA Leading-Edge Care and Services Award: 2008
- Central Coast Magazine Green Award Nominee: 2008
- Santa Barbara Green Award: 2007
To learn more about Valle Verde's approach to environmental sustainability, contact us today.