Blog : The Green Alliance Welcomes RiverWoods at Exeter as Our Latest Business Partner

By Craig | Dec 3, 2014 | in

We are pleased to welcome RiverWoods, a sustainable retirement community located in Exeter, as our newest Business Partner! RiverWoods is a nationally accredited charitable non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community with three separate campuses throughout New England. Far from the stereotypical retirement community, RiverWoods is changing the way residents interact with the surrounding neighborhood and its own campus. Different housing options include 400 apartments and cottages, with duplicated amenities, on 200 beautiful wooded acres.

RiverWoods is not only unique in their caliber of care, but in their commitment to sustainability as well. The community is ahead of the green curve in its industry and rapidly making sustainable changes to their operations, from an automated heating system and LED and CFL light fixtures, to sourcing local food for their top-notch menu, to a solar thermal system to help heat its hot water and pools. The campus even has a group of environmental activists, who are instrumental in making further changes within RiverWoods and beyond. They hold meetings and work with the board of directors to ensure the community is moving forward with sustainable options.

“Some of our residents are interested in composting, others in energy conservation, others in networking outside the RiverWoods community about environmental issues,” said Tim Bishop, director of facilities at RiverWoods. “We provide a community of peace of mind, and being responsible with the resources we use is part of that.”

Founded in 1994 by a grassroots group of seacoast residents, the non-profit retirement community has since expanded to three different campuses, and each campus offers an impressive list of amenities, including independent and assisted living, a wellness center, three dining rooms, pools and fitness centers, and a resident-run country store, library, and more. Bishop explained that residents are independently motivated, and they not only recycle their own materials, but run and operate many other aspects of the facility.

"Our residents really run the show," said Bishop. "They have a lot of input on what we do as an organization.

Green Alliance members receive discounts with all of our Business Partners. RiverWoods' discount will be announced soon. In the meantime, sign up to be a Green Alliance member today by clicking here!