Santa Barbara, California May 7, 2014 – Today, Valle Verde Retirement Community received Looking Good Santa Barbara’s Spirit of Service Award in recognition of their extensive waste reduction efforts.

“We are thrilled that the City of Santa Barbara has chosen Valle Verde for this wonderful award. We worked hard on our campus-wide recycling and green-waste-to-mulch programs, so it feels great to be recognized. It is exciting to see the success of our Green Footprint program, and we are always looking at ways we can expand it,” said Tim Wetzel, Executive Director of Valle Verde Retirement Community.

Over the last 10 years, Valle Verde Retirement Community has designed and implemented a Green Footprint program to decrease waste, reduce dependence on electricity, and improve air quality. The Green Footprint program includes:

A natural gas bus for resident transportation

Electronic Medical Center records

Solar residential water heaters

Reclaimed water for irrigation

Drought tolerant and native plants

Alternative transportation programs for employees and residents

Built Green practices used in campus remodels

Campus-wide recycling and waste reduction programs

Mulched green waste

About Valle Verde Retirement Community

Valle Verde Retirement Community has been located at 900 Calle de los Amigos in Santa Barbara, CA since 1966. Valle Verde is a nonprofit retirement community committed to helping people live full, happy, and long lives. Valle Verde is owned and managed by American Baptist Homes of the West.

About Looking Good Santa Barbara

Looking Good Santa Barbara is a City of Santa Barbara program joining residents, City staff and community representatives with the mission to reduce waste (reduce, reuse, recycle and compost) and contribute to a clean community through graffiti and litter abatement. It is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep California Beautiful.

Additional information on Valle Verde is available by contacting Toby Ayars at 805-845-5682.


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