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V!VAearth

Making Today Great! for today’s seniors...and tomorrow’s.

Nothing is more important to our children and grandchildren than the protection of our natural surroundings. That’s why we’ve created V!VAearth – a program to minimize our impact on the environment through green policies and practices.

Here are just a few examples of our green commitment:

V!VA Victory Gardens

V!VA Victory Gardens

One of the best ways we can reduce our environmental footprint is to eat locally sourced food. Well, we can’t get any more local than a V!VA Victory Garden! These gardens give our Community Members the opportunity to exercise their green thumbs, while the fruits, vegetables and herbs they grow are served at our community’s dinner tables, or donated to local food banks and other organizations in the community. And the planters are raised for easier, ache-free gardening.
Composting

Composting

Whenever possible, our retirement communities compost to reduce the amount of “green” waste going into landfills, while creating nutrient-rich soil for our Victory Gardens. Imagine that... healthy, delicious dining with a conscience!
Working with local organic farmers' markets

Working with local organic farmers' markets

Farmer’s markets are an important part of our commitment to sustainable living. In fact, when we held the Grand Opening of our first Retirement Community, we invited vendors from the local farmers’ market to join the celebration. Farmers displayed and sold their fresh produce, while our neighbours and guests enjoyed fresh produce grown in their own backyard.
Recycling Programs

Recycling Programs

We go that “extra mile” to ensure all areas in our communities are equipped with recycling bins, and all Team Members remain committed to our recycling-first philosophy.
 

A few other ways we are working towards greener, healthier communities:

  • Water-efficient landscaping that uses rain barrels to collect water
  • Low-flow toilets for better water efficiency
  • On-site Community Children’s Daycare playgrounds are constructed with recycled materials for an environmentally friendly place to play
  • Carbon monoxide monitoring to ensure indoor environmental quality and safety
  • Change rooms with showers for all Team Members to encourage the use of bicycle transportation
  • Scooter storage to promote efficient modes of personal transportation
  • Convenient access to public transit