Blog : Meet a Green Alliance Business: RiverWoods

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 2, 2015 | in

Who: RiverWoods

What: Located in Exeter, RiverWoods is not a stereotypical retirement community. Founded in 1994 by Seacoast residents, the nonprofit continuing care retirement community offers an impressive list of amenities, including independent, assisted living and skilled nursing, a wellness center, dining rooms at each of its three Exeter campuses, three pools and fitness centers, resident-run country stores and more.

Ahead of the curve in its industry, RiverWoods has a number of sustainability initiatives in place to make it one of the greenest retirement communities in the region. Upgrades to all three campuses include automated heating systems, LED and CFL lighting fixtures and a solar thermal system for heating water in kitchens. All three pools feature saline water instead of traditional chlorine.

RiverWoods also has its own group of sustainably minded environmental activists, known as the Sustainability Committee, who work to further green initiatives at all three campuses and in the surrounding community. The Sustainability Committee is working to increase recycling use throughout its three campuses and educates residents on the follies of using garbage disposals, advocating for individual composting instead.

This same committee hosts an environmental fair each year at RiverWoods and helps with a large yard sale of gently used resident furniture and accessories. Items sold are up-cycled to the community instead of being thrown out in the landfill. In addition to the residents' efforts, the cleaning staff at RiverWoods use only green cleaning products and the dining service works with local farmers to obtain produce in addition to offering distinctively healthy menus.

Where: 7 RiverWoods Drive, Exeter

Web: www.riverwoodsrc.org

Call: 772-4700

What makes it green:

  • Residents encouraged to utilize single-stream recycling program.
  • LED and CFL light fixtures throughout campus.
  • Solar thermal system aids in heating hot water.
  • Automated heating/lighting systems.

Resident-run Sustainability Committee that works on growing RiverWoods' sustainability initiatives and promoting environmental awareness in the community at large.

RiverWoods residents volunteer at various community-based events and charities and at many local environmental organizations.

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