Environmental stewardship has deep roots in our history. Responsible stewardship of land dates back to the beginnings of Presbyterian Homes with the ownership of the Parker Farm in Newville, Pa., our first location. Early documents from the archives show efforts at crop rotation, and planting of trees that have matured to create the Green Ridge Village campus we know today. Energy conservation has been an area of focus that began with the desire to control costs and expanded to a concern for energy consumption that has become one of the markers of good citizenship as an organization. As the scope of our ministry has grown to include thousands of acres of land and thousands of people served annually, our focus on environmental stewardship has intensified.
Presbyterian Senior Living’s strategic plan has placed emphasis on the role of stewardship in the organization, including green approaches to the design and construction of new buildings and renovation of existing buildings, strengthening energy conservation efforts, developing plans to use alternative energy sources whenever financially feasible, decreasing the amount of required travel by exploring technological applications for video conferences/training, introducing sustainability as a method of operation, and encouraging employees at all levels to become more aware of our stewardship role as it relates to the environment.
Presbyterian Senior Living publishes a quarterly publication about Stewardship, which explores the reasons why we are committed to stewardship and how all of us can contribute to this effort.