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THE GREENING of LATHROP Working Toward Sustainability With Meaningful Projects and Programs. LATHROP RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES AN AFFILIATE OF THE KENDAL CORPORATION. Lathrop Green Committee. Green Education

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THE GREENINGof LATHROPWorking Toward SustainabilityWith Meaningful Projectsand Programs

LATHROP

RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

AN AFFILIATE OF THE KENDAL CORPORATION


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Lathrop Green Committee

  • Green Education

    Works to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change with speakers, video presentations, discussion groups and literature.

  • Green Action

    Plans and executes projects and activities that will reduce energy use. Advocates for sustainable practices in home operation and landscape care.


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Green Action Initiatives

  • Replaced Inn Boilers with High Efficiency Condensing Natural Gas Boilers.

  • New Home Construction Energy Star Rated

    • Strict insulation and vapor barrier specifications.

    • Energy Star rated appliances and lighting.

    • Condensing Natural Gas Boilers.

    • Two air conditioners for zone efficiency.

    • “Blower Door” testing before certification.

  • CFL Bulb Replacement Program

  • Planning Mobile Tire Pressure Clinic (Earth Day)


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The Old Boilers3.6 Million BTUs 1.7 Million BTUs


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The New Boilers3.2 Million BTUs Total


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Green Education Initiatives

  • Video Presentations

    • “An Inconvenient Truth” – Al Gore classic.

    • “Heat” – PBS Frontline feature.

    • “Earth’s Changing Climate” – 12 part series of lay lectures by physicist Richard Wolfson. Excellent introduction to scientific background of the climate crisis. (DVD, The Teaching Co.)


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Ecucation Initiatives, Cont’d.

  • Speakers

    • “Compact Fluorescent Lighting” – Anthony Fornuto, Western Mass. Electric Co.

    • “Northampton Sustainability Efforts” – Christopher Mason, Northampton Sustainability Officer.

    • “Overpopulation, Resource Depletion and Climate Change” – Alfred Eipper, retired ecologist.

    • “Energy and Society” – Lawrence Ambs, retired Director, Univ. Mass. Center for Energy Efficiency.


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Education Initiatives, Cont’d

  • In-house Publications by Green Comm. Members

    • Eipper, A. 2001 “Energy Conservation and Us” Lathrop Nor’easter 4(1) 4-5.

    • Weissbach, E. 2008 “Management Update” (Green Committee). Lathrop Nor’easter 9(2) 2.

    • Cooper, J. 2007 “Lathrop and the Environment” Lathrop Nor’easter 9(3) 4.

    • Eipper, A. 2008 “Turning Point”. Lathrop Nor’easter 10(3) 1-2.

    • Multiple Lathrop authors. The Lathrop Green Sheet 2008 1(1) 4 pp. and 2009 1(2) 4pp. This (roughly) quarterly periodical, initiated and edited by Green Committee member Charles Gillies, is an amalgam of current information, observations and recommendations regarding climate change and energy conservation measures.


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Green Library reference shelves

Examples of books and reprints currently available

  • Kolbert, Elizabeth. 2006. Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Blooomsbury USA

  • Brown, Lester R. 2008. Plan B 3.0 W.W. Norton

  • Int. Panel Climate Change. 2007, Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. IPCC Secretariat, 21pp.

  • Berry, Wendell “Faustian Economics” . Harpers Magazine, May, 2008: 35-47.

  • Wald, Matthew L. “The Power of Renewables”. Scientific American, March, 2009: 56-60.


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Looking Ahead Through Green Colored Lenses

Lathrop / Kendal will continue to seek new ways to conserve energy and raise the awareness of our residents and the wider community about climate change.

Projects to work toward –

  • Reduce make-up air volume into Lathrop Inn.

  • Close elevator vents.

  • Add insulation to cottage boiler room piping.

  • Reduce waste in all its forms.


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