GAITHERSBURG, Md. – On April 7 Asbury Methodist Village was proud to receive a 2014 Gaithersburg Environmental Award from City officials. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that have “demonstrated outstanding efforts to improve Gaithersburg’s environment – either for a single project or over a period of time,” according to the City’s application.
Asbury Methodist Village has a long history of stewardship and has formed a working coalition called the Green Committee, comprised of campus staff and residents who meet regularly to address ways to increase the community’s environmental efforts.
In 2010, residents and staff worked together to meet criteria that would earn the community’s 17-acre Wildlife Preserve designation by the Wildlife Habitat Council. Since that time, the Preserve has earned designation as a Corporate Land for Learning site by the Council. Retaining these designations requires ongoing annual efforts.
In 2012, Asbury Methodist Village converted the 130-acre campus’s outdoor lighting to LED bulbs, which will save significant amounts of money and energy. In addition, the community has a robust recycling program which encompasses building materials such as carpeting, plant materials, cooking byproducts, electronic devices and consumer goods such as paper and plastic. Further, Asbury purchases and serves only sustainable seafood. Each year, the Green Committee holds a Green Fair on campus that includes vendor booths to inform attendees about protecting the environment.
Asbury Methodist Village is a CARF-CCAC- and EAGLE-accredited continuing care retirement community that is part of Asbury, an organization providing management and life-enhancing services for older adults. Asbury is ranked by LeadingAge and Ziegler Capital Markets Group’s AZ 100 as the 15th-largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization in the country.