From it's conception twenty five years ago, the Center has been committed to providing a comfortable full service resource to our clients and at the same time operating in an environmentally responsible manner.
The Center uses a high post consumer content in all paper products used in it's operation. Recycled paper is used for brochures, stationary, envelopes, business cards, fax and copy paper. In our meal service and household department recycled paper products are used for napkins, paper towels, toilet tissue and facial tissues. Corn based cups are used for water service. Scrap paper is cut up and made into note pads.
Energy saving compact florescent builds are used in 90% of the Center lighting. Motion detectors are installed outdoors to provide illumination only when and where needed. All outdoor illumination is pointed downward and shielded to avoid light pollution.
Environmentally safe and toxic free products are used for cleaning, maintenance, dishwashing, and rug cleaning. Supplies are purchased in bulk, where possible, to reduce the amount of packaging and shipping.
All showers are equipped with water saver heads and all toilets use low water consumption systems. Replacement bath and hand towels are available upon request thus reducing unnecessary water, labor and electricity used in laundering.
The Center recycles 100% of clear, brown and green glass, newspaper and magazines, aluminum and steel cans, cardboard and scrap metal.
Organic fertilizers are used on the grass and gardens. The Center maintains seven composting bins recycling food scraps, grass cuttings and brush into usable compost for the gardens. The sauna is heated with non-treated wood scraps from construction projects and dead wood from the woods.
Broken equipment is repaired and reused. Functioning equipment that is no longer needed is donated to charity. As computer systems are upgraded the used functioning equipment is shipped to Ghana, Africa for use in community centers.