The award is well deserved and a remarkable example of the community coming together to make our world a better place. Confirmed by surveys, it is important to the residents at The Windham in Fresno, a Kisco Senior Living community, to connect with the greater community. It was found that recycling not only increases that connection but also offers an increased sense of individual and community pride. A geologist turned stay-at-home mom who lives near the community was a major influence in the recycling program. Not only is she responsible for starting the program but volunteered her time with the help of her young sons to educate and really work with the residents to better understand and embrace “going green”.
“We are extremely excited about the award,” said Leah Kidwell, Wellness Director for The Windham. “Winning the award has generated even more participation and interest in our program. We now have additional walkers/recycling helpers and everyday more residents request BPA free, eco-friendly coffee mugs so they can avoid using Styrofoam and plastic water bottles. I’ve been invited to speak about our program at the ICAA Conference!”
The program created introduces intergeneration, fun activities centered on environmental education and recycling, as well aspartnering with Green Fresno and Kiwanis International to help educate the residents. Some of the innovative initiatives include "Dadaism" art projects from repurposed buttons, batteries and small items, learning how to make and use solar cookers, an “ugly mug contest” to promote the horrors of Styrofoam, a swap meet each month to donate or recycle clothing, household goods and electronics, and a newly-formed 10 person Environmental Action Committee to continually generate ideas for going green.
In large part because the residents were consulted every step of the way and enjoy a strong sense of team, the highly successful program has resulted in a drastic increase in resident and outside volunteer participation, and increased visibility in the greater community. Recycling efforts total over 16,000 lbs. of paper last year saving 136 full sized trees, 56,000 gallons of water and 24 cubic yards of landfill. They also recycled 300 lbs. of plastic, 880 lbs. of glass, 220 lbs. of tin and 120 lbs. of aluminum, and donated over 300 lbs. of items to recycle or repurpose.
Residents gather in large numbers to find out how their recycling efforts are paying off in terms of lbs. recycled and water, oil, trees and landfill space being saved. They share this information proudly with their family and take pride in being published in the Windham newsletter. The program provides a source of great pride throughout Windham seniors and further practice in The Art of Living WellSM with a renewed sense of belonging, ownership, leadership and knowing they are further enhancing the legacy they have been striving to build for a lifetime.
The Windham community’s resort-like appeal including lush gardens and meandering pathways offers a desirable north area location close to shopping, medical centers and restaurants, as well as the nearby cultural and recreational opportunities such as theatres, historic sites, dance troupes, museums and Philharmonic Orchestra. As with all Kisco Senior Living communities, The Art of Living Well SM philosophy cultivates their principles, values and guides daily behavior. The award-winning, innovative approach to wellness engages in the six dimensions of wellness – physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and vocational - and promotes personal life balance for an optimistic can-do-attitude.
Located at 1100 E. Spruce Ave., Fresno, CA 93720, more information may be obtained by calling 559-449-8070, visiting online at http://www.kiscoseniorliving.com/
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About Kisco Senior Living:
As a private, family-owned business since its founding in 1990, Kisco Senior Living has grown to include 20 communities in six states. Kisco's guiding principles of integrity, dignity and compassion balance the interests of residents, associates and business partners. Kisco’s more than 3,300 residences include Independent Living, licensed Assisted Living, and Memory Care and are supported by approximately 1,450 associates nationwide. With an award-winning approach to senior living and their signature The Art of Living Well ℠ culture, Kisco creates communities where residents and associates share passions, live and work in balance and build a legacy. Kisco is an International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) member and has recently been recognized as an ICAA Champion Organization. For more information, log on to www.KiscoSeniorLiving.com or contact Nicole Lynch @ 760-804-7036.
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