The Kendal System Statement on Sustainability
“Kendal, as a leading not for profit provider of senior housing and services, has an opportunity and societal obligation to demonstrate leadership in supporting and promoting environmental stewardship. Kendal communities will strive to conduct their activities in an ecologically sound, socially responsible, and economically prudent manner. Kendal communities will support the concepts of sustainability in their operations and resident life initiatives. In serving older people, Kendal will take special care to minimize community member’s exposure to harmful substances. We will strive to function as a sustainable community, emphasizing energy conservation and responsible consumption, promoting ecological understanding and environmentally sound practices among its residents and staff, and supporting these values throughout the wider community.” — July 26, 2008
In Spring of 2009, the Kendal System Sustainability Work Group, composed of board, residents and staff, identified a set of 13 sustainability initiatives which the work group then recommended to the System for implementation. By September 2009 all affiliates approved the following thirteen initiatives, to be implemented over the next three to five years.
- Establish, monitor, and maintain a community-wide, multi-faceted system of recycling or disposal of items such as, but not limited to, paper goods, containers, plastics, batteries, electronic goods, and hazardous materials.
- Establish a program to reduce office paper usage, and purchase of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC, an international non-profit, multi-stakeholder organization established to promote responsible management of the world’s forests) certified paper for all print materials.
- Establish a program to install and maintain native landscape.
- Provide building automation/energy management system for monitoring mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment for maximum efficiency.
- Develop an energy conservation plan that is measurable.
- Adopt a policy to purchase only EnergyStar appliances.
- Offer environmental educational programs and ongoing reminders and updates to staff and residents about environmental issues and opportunities.
- Establish a program for water conservation.
- Provide a program for incorporating the least possible use of herbicides and pesticides into landscape management.
- Provide a program for using green chemicals in all aspects of operations including housekeeping, laundry, and dining.
- Establish a “food philosophy” which includes incorporating local food in the dining program.
- Establish a program and practice of Green Building standards in any construction or renovation project including finishes and furnishing.
- Establish a sustainability workgroup in the community including residents and staff that actively works to monitor and advance the sustainability efforts of the community; includes a sustainability “library” with references and website links.
The Sustainability Work Group has found the National Senior Conservation Corps and their Gray is Green website an important resource.