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Health and Longevity

At Sequoia Living we are committed to being a great place to live and work. As a mission-focused organization, it is our purpose to improve the quality of life for the people we serve, and create healthier and more resilient communities.

We believe in co-creating sustainable solutions to address environmental impacts in alignment with our residents, partners, and staff. Together, we reduce our impact on our planet by implementing environmental initiatives to reduce, reuse, recycle and save our environment today.

Through our environmental stewardship programs, we cut down our buildings’ impact on the planet and curtail our carbon footprint while continuously looking for ways to improve and operate more efficiently.

Here is a snapshot of Sequoia Living’s environmental initiatives and partnerships. We are focused on four primary areas: waste, energy, water usage, and education.



We partner with Morrison Living to manage purchasing, inventory, and waste reduction in the kitchens of The Sequoias Portola Valley, The Sequoias San Francisco, The Tamalpais Marin, and Viamonte at Walnut Creek. We strive to divert 90% of waste from landfills through dining management.

Each of our four life plan communities and three affordable housing communities takes the time to separate recyclables and compost from going into the landfill.

Our composting process is a collaboration between Sequoia Living staff and residents. We make sure composting bins are available for each apartment, in the dining area of each continuing care retirement community, and in other common spaces. Education is a big part of composting to ensure we know what materials go into which bin.

Our staff make efforts to purchase only what is necessary and recycle paper, batteries, and ink cartridges to keep them out of the landfill.

We partner with local goat herders to utilize these natural grazers and create defensible space. We implement environmentally friendly and sustainable methods of landscaping by utilizing goats. The goats consume grasses, shrubs, leaves, and other plants that grow in open fields and natural settings. They are an eco-friendly and viable alternative to lawn mowers and human-powered machinery, reducing noise and air pollution throughout the communities.

Energy Conservation


Since 2006, we have been generating nearly 80% of the electrical energy needs of The Sequoias Portola Valley, The Sequoias San Francisco, and The Tamalpais Marin through co-generation. By utilizing natural fuel and thermal energy in a sequential process we co-generate heat and electricity. This process significantly reduces carbon emissions and improves energy efficiency.

We continuously look for ways to improve and operate our communities. The Sequoias Portola Valley is in the process of executing our largest and greenest project to date, with 2,600 solar panels being installed throughout the community. Once completed and fully operational, the solar project will produce nearly 105% of the electricity needed to power the community.

Leading the way in energy efficiency programs, we strive to create sustainable environments and have retrofitted our four life plan communities and three affordable housing communities with low voltage and LED lighting fixtures.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, California


We’ve partnered with the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local municipalities to ensure each time we remodel or retrofit an affordable housing community, we are exceeding the minimum standards in efficiency. Each community has been updated with water efficiency fixtures including low flow faucets, showers, and toilets to reduce water consumption and energy.

When evaluating our landscaping, we are conscientious about foliage, water use, and maintenance to make sure we are making efforts at conserving our natural resources. Whenever possible, we utilize the moisture in the air allowing plants to thrive in their natural environments.

Our newest, award-winning LEED Gold community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek, was intentionally designed with drought tolerant plants and a water efficient irrigation system. On-site stormwater flow-to bioretention basins, flow-thru planters, and self-treating permeable pavements contribute to the sustainability of the neighborhood and natural environment.

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In partnership with Senior Services for Northern California, the philanthropic foundation of Sequoia Living, we invest in educating our residents, program participants, staff members, and the general public on energy, pollution, waste, and more.

We do this through our Legacy Talks webinar series and informational materials about global warming and climate change. Watch the recordings.

Our residents participate in lectures, educational seminars, and conversations that support environmental stewardship. We value each of our residents’ wisdom and passion. They are the best resource we have towards getting the word out on building a healthier environment for generations to come.

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Seniors Collect Art Supplies for Local Youth

Sequoia Living’s Senior Centers in San Francisco are collecting art supplies through December 14, 2022. All donations go to support ...

November 30, 2022


Three sites could add 1,000 affordable homes in the Mission . . . eventually

Sequoia Living recently announced a partnership with Mercy Housing. The two nonprofits plan to develop San Francisco’s largest new affordable ...

November 18, 2022


Sequoia Living Announces Partnership with Mercy Housing California to Develop Affordable Housing in San Francisco

The partnership will develop nearly 300 senior housing units, including affordable homes, on the one-acre parcel of land. Today, Sequoia ...

November 17, 2022


Viamonte at Walnut Creek Achieves Accolades and Prepares for its 200th Resident

Opening its doors in uncertain times, a new Life Plan Community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek, gave rise to a tight-knit ...

November 15, 2022


Navigating downsizing with an aging parent

Recently we interviewed residents at Sequoia Living to find out their experience with downsizing and planning their moves to senior ...

October 31, 2022


Sequoia Living Continues Promoting Health & Well-being Among Older Adults with Stroke Prevention and Awareness Campaign

Increased education is integral to reducing the life-changing impact of a stroke, especially among older adults. This webinar is presented ...

October 31, 2022


Make caring for a parent less challenging

Recently we interviewed residents at Sequoia Living to find out their experience when it came to planning their moves to ...

October 13, 2022


Sequoia Living Invites Region to Help Promote Health & Well-Being by Reducing Fall Risk for Older Adults

Sequoia Living will be hosting Dr. Chris Thompson on Sept. 21, join us for a free webinar on incorporating an ...

September 19, 2022


Sequoia Living Acquires Land to Develop Affordable Senior Housing in San Francisco – Sequoia Living, a Bay Area nonprofit organization, announced today that it has purchased a one-acre parcel of land ...

September 7, 2022


Risk Management: Aiming for Healthier Residents and Staff

Do I move into a senior living community rather than age in place at home? Where do I begin my ...

August 31, 2022


Aquatic Park Senior Center 

Reconnect and Celebrate! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon hosted by the Aquatic Park Senior Center in San Francisco. We’re ...

August 19, 2022


Retirement Community in Marin Increases Efforts to Reduce Impact on the Environment

GREENBRAE, CA, July 29, 2022— The Tamalpais Marin, a nonprofit senior living community, provides older adults opportunities for healthy aging ...

July 29, 2022


Sequoia Living’s Commitment to Serving Healthy Meals While Reducing Food Waste

Sequoia Living, a nonprofit providing homes and services for healthy aging, recognizes the importance of creating healthier environments by reducing ...

July 13, 2022


Viamonte at Walnut Creek Honored with 2022 LEED Homes Award

Sequoia Living is thrilled to announce that Viamonte at Walnut Creek, our newest senior living community, has been named a ...

July 12, 2022


How Sequoia Living is Combating Senior Isolation and Loneliness

It’s undeniable that social restrictions have helped to physically protect people throughout the pandemic. However, those safeguards have also reduced ...

June 24, 2022


Experience Corps Bay Area Volunteers Honored at Appreciation Luncheon

On Wednesday, June 1, Experience Corps Bay Area (ECBA) hosted an appreciation luncheon at the Marin Art and Garden Center ...

June 3, 2022


“Legacy Talks” Webinar Series Begins June 1

This summer, Sequoia Living is hosting “Legacy Talks” on environmental sustainability, a three-part webinar series kicking off Wednesday, June 1 ...

May 23, 2022


National Nurses Week 2022: Honoring Sequoia Living Nurses

In honor of National Nurses Week, National Skilled Nursing Care Week, and National Nursing Month, I want to express my ...

May 11, 2022


Dining at The Sequoias San Francisco Takes on New Fusion with Chefs Helman and Miller

May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – The Sequoias San Francisco, a 26-story landmark alongside Japantown, redefines residents’ dining experience by expanding to ...

May 11, 2022


Sequoia Living’s Cal Groeneweg, RN, Named Risk Manager of the Year

Preparing for life’s “what ifs” might be stressful for some, but it’s a calling for Cal Groeneweg, RN, Sequoia Living’s ...

May 10, 2022


What Makes Sequoia Living Stand Apart? Its Winning People.

“At Sequoia Living, we prioritize people. Together, we celebrate superpowers and strive to have the right people in the right ...

May 4, 2022


Sequoia Living Ranked as Top Provider of Skilled Nursing Care by U.S. News and World Report

(SAN FRANCISCO, CA) March 30, 2022— Sequoia Living, a nonprofit serving Bay Area seniors since 1958, announce that three of ...

March 30, 2022

In The News

McKnight’s Senior Living Highlights Viamonte’s Cutting-Edge Technology

McKnight’s Senior Living recently published a story about how Viamonte at Walnut Creek is using technology to help residents and ...

February 22, 2022


SSNC Introduces Brain Health Webinar Series: Oct 21, Nov 4 & 18

Come learn about healthy aging from these healthcare experts. If you cannot make the LIVE webinars, please register and we ...

October 15, 2021


The Sequoias Portola Valley’s Scholarship Committee Partners with 10,000 Degrees to Make College Dreams Come True

Achieving the dream of a college education just got a little easier for eight first-generation college students, thanks to The ...

August 20, 2021


The Sequoias Portola Valley is Now a Certified Green Business!

The Sequoias Portola Valley is now officially certified as a San Mateo County Green Business! “To all the residents and ...

August 5, 2021


Viamonte Wins Award of Merit from ENR-California

Another award win for Viamonte at Walnut Creek! Viamonte has received an Award of Merit for Residential/Hospitality – Northern California ...

July 28, 2021


Sequoias San Francisco Staff Celebrate CNA Week with Special Video

Happy CNA Week! During CNA Week, we recognize the important work of Certified Nursing Assistants, who provide hands-on care and ...

June 25, 2021


Viamonte Wins Prestigious Gold Nugget Grand Award for Best Age-Qualified Senior Living Community

For the second time, Sequoia Living has been honored by the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) with a Gold Nugget ...

June 17, 2021


Celebrating Juneteenth

This Saturday, June 19 is Juneteenth, a 156-year-old holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and honors the resilience and achievements ...

June 17, 2021


Updated COVID-19 Protocols at Sequoia Living

Today marks a milestone along California’s path to full reopening. Sequoia Living has come out the other side of this ...

June 15, 2021


Happy Pride Month!

Happy Pride Month 2021! Each June, Pride events are held to around the world to celebrate the lives and contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals. Although San Francisco’s legendary Pride ...

June 12, 2021


San Francisco Senior Center’s Collage Collective Inspires Creativity and Connection

By Frank Mitchell, MSW Program Supervisor, San Francisco Senior Center The last 14 months of quarantine have challenged us all, ...

June 10, 2021


Residents and Staff at The Tamalpais Celebrate Sequoia Spirit Day with Aloha Style!

In May, staff and residents at The Tamalpais sported their favorite Hawaiian attire in honor of Sequoia Spirit Day, which ...

June 1, 2021


Being a Nurse: Now That’s a Super Power!

Thank you, Sequoia Living nurses, for bringing your hearts and heads to everything you do to make Sequoia Strong! Being ...

May 7, 2021


San Francisco Senior Center’s Plant Chat Group Springs Forward

Earlier this spring, a team of plant-loving San Francisco Senior Center (SFSC) members celebrated their first in-person outing in a ...

May 7, 2021


Remembering Who We Are and What We Believe In

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Staff, Customers, and Friends, It is heartbreaking to see the anti-Asian bigotry, violence, and discrimination that ...

March 24, 2021


The Sequoias Portola Valley Featured in Compass Group’s 2020 Corporate Social Responsibility Report for Green Certification

The Sequoias Portola Valley’s (SPV) Dining Services team is proud to be a Certified Green Business recognized by San Mateo ...

February 8, 2021


McVey Musings: News Stories, Vaccine Updates, Black History Month, Sequoia Seeds, and 2021 Core Priorities

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year of safeguarding, bringing our best selves to work, and showing kindness and optimism ...

February 1, 2021


Wall Street Journal Article Highlights Sequoias Portola Valley Residents and Staff

A new Wall Street Journal article, “Covid-19 Vaccines Mean an End to Isolation in a Retirement Home,” features The Sequoias ...

January 29, 2021


Bay Area Seniors Go Digital, Help Relieve Stress Of Teachers During The Pandemic

Bay area, Calif., Jan. 22, 2021 / — When the pandemic hit, Gina Rodriguez and her Community Services team at ...

January 23, 2021


Viamonte Residents Among the First Seniors in Northern California to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

It’s another history-making day at Sequoia Living. Today, Viamonte residents and staff were some of the first to get the ...

December 30, 2020

In The News

Sequoia Living in the News: December 2020

December was a month of “firsts” and excitement at Sequoia Living as we welcomed the first residents to Viamonte at ...

December 23, 2020


The Tamalpais Takes the First Step and Makes Vaccine History!

Despite yesterday’s chilly temperatures, staff at The Tamalpais braved the elements to get the first dose of the new Pfizer ...

December 19, 2020


History in the Making: COVID-19 Vaccine Update, Vaccine Q&A, and More

History is about to be made and we all have a front row seat at Sequoia Living! I am sure ...

December 16, 2020


Walnut Creek Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Viamonte at Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek, Calif., Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Contra Costa County’s fastest selling Life-Plan Community, Viamonte at Walnut Creek by ...

December 9, 2020


McVey Monthly Musings: November 2020

We Are All Hoping for Something A blog I read recently completely captured my attention by explaining that hope is ...

November 24, 2020


McVey Monthly Musings: October 2020

Welcome to a new month and new Musings about highlights around Sequoia Living, for Sequoia Living staff and residents. Notable ...

November 1, 2020


McVey Monthly Musings: September 2020

This is the first post of McVey Monthly Musings, regular updates from Sara McVey on what’s happening at Sequoia Living. ...

September 24, 2020


Coronavirus Update: High-Tech Safety Tools, Virtual Tours, Media Mentions, and Superpowers

My morning ritual is to read blogs and articles to stay current, inspired, and energized. Sometimes, it is just a ...

August 10, 2020


BOSS Magazine Story Spotlights Sequoia Living’s Innovative Approach

Sequoia Living, Sara McVey (President and CEO), and Dave Latina (Chief Business Development Officer), are featured in the latest issue ...

August 3, 2020


Sara McVey Featured in Morrison Living’s “No Better Place to Be”

Sara McVey, President and CEO of Sequoia Living, shared her perspectives on learning, growing, and sprinting toward the “new next” ...

August 3, 2020


Coronavirus Update: Cases and Testing, SIP with Sara Zoom Call, and Staff Survey

Case and Testing Update I am happy to report that there are still zero resident cases of COVID-19 in our ...

July 10, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 26, 2020

Case and Testing Highlights Yesterday we received a positive COVID-19 test result for a staff person at The Sequoias Portola ...

June 26, 2020


Celebrating Pride: A Message from Sara McVey

When I lived in Seattle, the local Pride Parade was one of the highlights of summer. It was so powerful ...

June 26, 2020


Speaking Up for Social Justice and Inclusion: A Message from Sara McVey

Dear Sequoia Living Staff, Residents, and Customers, It has taken me a few weeks to find my voice – I ...

June 25, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 12, 2020

June 12, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: May 20, 2020

May 21, 2020


New Video Celebrates Sequoia Superheroes!

We’ve just finished a new video celebrating the superheroes who live and work at our Sequoia Living communities. Hats off ...

May 14, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 30, 2020

So far, we have had zero resident and three staff cases. You all deserve our thanks for continuing to follow the standards put in place–it is working well at all locations. The Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) staff member who tested positive last week is on the mend. The other SPV staff member who was diagnosed mid-April is doing well at home. These were unrelated cases in separate departments.

April 30, 2020


Sequoia Living Superheroes “Sock It” to COVID-19

Every day, Sequoia Living’s dedicated staff members bring their best selves to work, even in the face of uncertainty. These superheroes roll up their sleeves to make sure that the safety of residents, customers, and co-workers remains at the forefront.

April 29, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 22, 2020

I am happy to report that there are no active Resident or Staff cases at Sequoia Living. The Media continues to report inaccurate or inflated information. Please get your ‘news’ about Sequoia Living directly from us. We will continue to be timely and transparent. We appreciate your willingness to wear masks, social distance, and show support from afar.

April 22, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 15, 2020

Dear Sequoia Living Residents, Customers, and Staff: Even if you can’t stop and smell the flowers right now, I hope ...

April 15, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 8, 2020

I have good news! The two Sequoia Living staff members who have been impacted by COVID-19 are both doing well. Our Western Park Apartments employee is looking forward to returning to work this week. Our Sequoias Portola Valley (SPV) staff member is feeling better and is continuing to isolate at home. Thankfully, that employee had last worked at SPV on Friday, March 27, which we feel curtailed any additional cases.

April 8, 2020


A Special Message from Sara McVey: Thank You, Sequoia Living Superheroes!

Every day, Sequoia Living employees go the extra mile to keep our residents, customers, and staff safe and cared for. Sara McVey, Sequoia Living's President and CEO, created this short video to say thank you to our Sequoia Superheroes!

April 6, 2020


Sequoia Superheroes: Appreciations, Special Deliveries, and Going the Extra Mile

Even during these uncertain times, there is no shortage of generosity and kindness here at Sequoia Living. Each day, our residents, customers and staff are lifting each other up with smiles, gratitude, and good cheer.

April 20, 2020


Sequoia Living Needs Your Help: Our Appeal for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Sequoia Living, formerly NCPHS, operates life care residential communities. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the experience of aging for older adults in Northern California. For over 60 years, we have been a part of your communities; San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. Sequoia Living consists of 1,000 residents and 700 staff. Our staff and residents are your neighbors who have frequented your business, know your staff and in some cases, have taken care of your loved ones in our skilled nursing, assisted living and memory care departments.

April 1, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020

Because I work with amazing people, I often get asked, “How are you doing Sara?” Well, today is Wednesday, April 1st, and it’s hard to believe our new normal involves things like social distancing, sheltering in place, and looking sideways at the person next to us who coughed.

April 1, 2020


Coronavirus Memo: Western Park Apartments

We were just notified that despite our extensive precautionary measures, an employee at one of our Affordable Housing communities, Western Park Apartments (WPA), has tested positive for COVID-19. The last time the employee was at work was the morning of Tuesday, March 24. The employee is following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s protocol and is currently self-quarantined at home under the care of a physician and is exhibiting only mild symptoms.

March 30, 2020


Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 has changed our daily lives in unprecedented ways, from where we travel to how we interact with our friends and loved ones. This pandemic requires us to be resilient, dedicated, cautious, and compassionate. It challenges us to work together and to support one another.

March 24, 2020