RiverWoods at Exeter

Discount – Nonprofit Partner

7 RiverWoods Drive, Exeter NH 03833


Green Story

One of the Green Alliance’s newest members is probably one of the least understood within the Seacoast. If you think you know RiverWoods, think again. It is the product of a group of Seacoast-area residents, who were not happy with the options available to them when they retired – so they built their own!

More than 20 years ago, RiverWoods was founded as a Continuing Care Retirement Community by people who wanted to create an active community of adults who cared about each other and the world around them. Today, RiverWoods is nationally accredited, and has three campuses on 200 wooded acres in Exeter.

The beauty of the community is that people enter when they are 62 or older, and live active, independent lives. If at any time their health changes, they need assisted living or skilled nursing, it is available, for no increase in fee, right within their campus.

With 65 free fitness classes offered weekly, more than 50 committees on topics as wide-ranging as Political Action to Duplicate Bridge, and miles of wooded trails, the three RiverWoods campuses teem with energy and opportunity to get involved. Regular group outings for golf, skiing, tennis, birding, and kayaking take advantage of all of the natural beauty the Seacoast has to offer. Many more residents volunteer at over 150 local organizations

The energy level came through at our first meeting. The RiverWoods Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC), is a group of people who want to make a difference. Not only within the confines of RiverWoods, but throughout the greater Seacoast community. The ESC is made up of RiverWoods residents and staff. Their monthly meetings are extremely structured, focusing on specific topics they deem important (such as food sources for their local cafeteria or decreasing storm runoff). Ideas flow, and there’s a lot to address in the short, two-hour meetings, but they are focused on making tangible changes.



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Report Card Score

What makes us green?

  • Residents encouraged to utilize single stream recycling program
  • LED and CFL light fixtures
  • Solar thermal system aids in heating hot water
  • Automated heating/lighting systems
  • Resident-run Green Team
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