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Earth Day at John Knox Village: Working Together for our Planet

On April 22 of every year, communities worldwide observe Earth Day to raise awareness of the need to protect the Earth’s natural resources for future generations. This year, under the theme “Planet vs. Plastics,” we’re called by Earthday.org to confront the environmental impact of plastics, focusing on the need to eliminate single-use plastics due to their health risks and environmental damage.

At John Knox Village, we’re taking this message to heart, aligning the focus of our Earth Day observations with our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship. Our proactive senior living recycling program — embraced with enthusiasm by both residents and staff — exemplifies our dedication.

Our comprehensive recycling program stands as a testament to our commitment. We ensure that aluminum, steel cans, cardboard, junk mail, magazines, plastic bottles, containers, and glass are not only collected but also properly recycled.

Jon Spears, John Knox Village’s facilities manager, proudly notes, “Our residents and staff have committed to the program.” This collective effort is a cornerstone of our community’s ethos, emphasizing the power of individual actions in driving significant environmental change and creating an eco-friendlier senior living community.

Comprehensive Recycling and Waste Reduction

Our approach to recycling at John Knox Village goes beyond basic materials, encompassing batteries and ink cartridges. We’re dedicated to cutting down on waste, illustrated by our efforts to reduce paper usage through digital technologies and our commitment to donating items we can no longer use on campus, such as cabinets, windows, tiles, furniture, and office equipment, to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

Solar Power and Sustainable Practices

Sustainability at John Knox Village extends beyond recycling. Our use of solar energy, with arrays installed on the roofs of the Village Care Center and three of our apartment buildings, underscores our investment in renewable resources. This initiative not only reduces our carbon footprint but also aligns with our vision of a cleaner, greener planet for future generations.

In addition, we recycle materials from building demolitions, including metals, plastics, and certain types of concrete. This approach helps minimize waste while also conserving resources, embodying our holistic view of environmental responsibility.

Energy Conservation and Renewable Resources

Energy efficiency is a key pillar of our sustainability strategy. The adoption of LED lighting across our campus, alongside the phasing out of incandescent and fluorescent bulbs, has led to significant reductions in our electrical budget. Additionally, our dining venues leverage induction cooking technology for better energy use.

The Village’s transportation fleet includes electric cars for public safety, reducing our reliance on conventional fuels. Supporting this shift, we’ve installed electric vehicle charging stations accessible to both residents and the public, providing cleaner transportation options.

Cultivating Green Spaces

Our commitment to the Earth is rooted in the soil of our community. Each year, we plant new trees, shrubs, and flowers, enriching the biodiversity of our campus and providing a lush setting for residents. Composting leaves and waste materials and incorporating them into topsoil further exemplifies our dedication to nurturing the land.

John Knox Village is proud partners with KC Can Compost, turning restaurant food waste into nutrient-rich soil, preventing thousands of pounds of CO2 emissions annually. We also provide space for two beehives at the John Knox Village Resident Gardens.

A Call to Action

This Earth Day, we invite you to join John Knox Village in our endeavors to foster a more sustainable, eco-friendly future. Our actions, big and small, can collectively make a profound impact on the planet. Whether through recycling, supporting renewable energy, or simply embracing a greener lifestyle, every step towards sustainability is a step towards a healthier Earth.

How You Can Help: 6 Eco-Friendly Living Tips for Every Day

1. Reduce Single-Use Plastics

Start by swapping out single-use plastic items with reusable alternatives. Consider using metal straws, cloth grocery bags, and glass or stainless-steel water bottles.

2. Embrace Recycling

Familiarize yourself with local recycling guidelines and make recycling a regular habit. Keep separate bins for paper, plastics, metals, and glass to simplify the process.

3. Save Energy

Reduce energy consumption by turning off lights when not in use, investing in LED bulbs, and unplugging electronic devices when they’re not being charged.

4. Conserve Water

Small changes like fixing leaks, taking shorter showers, and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth can significantly reduce water usage.

5. Support Eco-Friendly Products

Whenever possible, choose products made from recycled materials, or those that are biodegradable or eco-friendly. This includes household cleaners, personal care products, food packaging, and even clothing.

6. Start Composting

Composting kitchen scraps and yard waste can reduce landfill waste and create nutrient-rich soil for gardening. If you’re new to composting, start with a small bin and simple materials like vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and eggshells.

By incorporating these simple yet effective tips into your daily routine, you can contribute to a healthier planet and environment and inspire others to do the same. Celebrate Earth Day every day by choosing to live a more sustainable and eco-conscious lifestyle.

Eager to learn more about our community’s green initiatives and how you can be a part of our eco-friendly journey?

Discover More at John Knox Village

John Knox Village is a leader in senior care in Lee’s Summit and the greater Kansas City community. From free-standing homes and apartment homes to cottages and villas, there’s a place for you at John Knox Village. With more than 700,000 square feet of common space across the beautiful campus, you’ll find more opportunities and experiences right outside your door.

Contact us or call (816) 261-8000 to learn more about our senior living options or to schedule your personal tour today.