Lantern Hill weaves sustainability into culture

Community makes efforts toward environmental stewardship

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March 31st, 2020
This rendering portrays Bell Pavilion, Lantern Hill’s sixth residence building. This new building features 168 apartment homes plus a wealth of exciting new amenities, including outdoor bocce courts and fire pits.

This rendering portrays Bell Pavilion, Lantern Hill’s sixth residence building. This new building features 168 apartment homes plus a wealth of exciting new amenities, including outdoor bocce courts and fire pits.

April 22, 2020, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. According to the website earthday.org, “The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge—but also the vast opportunities—of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the fiftieth anniversary.”

Organizations large and small are recognizing the need to go green. Even senior living communities are jumping on board. For example, Lantern Hill, a continuing care retirement community off Mountain Avenue, across from Bell Labs, has made commitments to fostering sustainability efforts through their daily operations.

“We define sustainability as our commitment to being good stewards of the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling energy, waste, and water,” says Debra Doyle, chief operating officer of Erickson Living, Lantern Hill’s management company. 

Greener living

In Erickson Living’s 2017 survey of more than 600 prospective senior living residents from its advisory board, 96% indicated an interest in green aspects of senior living.

When it comes to specific environmental aspects, prospects consider energy-efficient windows, low-volatile organic compound products, recycling, and LED lighting most important. Even small things make a difference. 

“These elements are standard in our community and apartment homes,” says Lantern Hill Sales Director Dan Millender. “Our prospects are often surprised and relieved to learn how relatively small our environmental footprint actually is. And as we’ve added new buildings—including our newest addition, Bell Pavilion—we’ve continued to incorporate more environmentally friendly building practices, such as LED lighting and energy-efficient windows.”

Bell Pavilion, Lantern Hill’s sixth residence building, features 168 apartment homes plus a wealth of exciting new amenities, including outdoor bocce courts and fire pits.

Change doesn’t just come in the form of big action. Even small efforts make a big difference. For example, by changing printing practices, Erickson Living-managed communities have saved more than six million sheets of paper per year. That’s over 500 trees.

“Weaving sustainability into our culture of operational excellence at Erickson Living is part of our journey toward continuous improvement,” says Doyle.

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