The Environment

Why is the Environment Important to Longevity and Aging?

As we age and grow older, we aim to live our lives the best we can knowing future generations will inherit what we left behind – our legacy. With changes to the climate and the effects of global warming, many of us have questions to explore. Below are resources to help you discover what you can do to be an advocate for your environment.

 

Healthy Environment. Healthy Aging.

Throughout the Legacy Talks webinar series, experts on climate change, waste management, emissions control, and conservation efforts shared their knowledge and resources to inform, educate, and motivate attendees to take action.

During the first Legacy Talks webinar, Ray Boudewyn, Vice President of Facilities and Procurement at Sequoia Living, shared our nonprofit’s efforts in reducing dependency on the grid while providing older adults with stimulating, joyful environments and services that support and enrich their lives. Click below for more on Sequoia Living’s environmental stewardship programs and sustainability initiatives.

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Author and publisher Mitchell Beer explained how a traumatic medical event with his young child sparked his life-long quest to find solutions for the Earth’s changing climate. His website provides the latest research, science, and policy on climate change.

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Do You Know What's In Your Kitchen Trash?

In the second session of Legacy Talks, we learned about Sequoia Living’s sustainable practices in reducing food waste while serving nearly 4,000 sustainable meals daily. For more on Sequoia Living’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint and provide healthy meals, click here.

Joining the conversation, Katy Hart with ReFED, a national nonprofit working to end food waste, shared her knowledge and expertise. We learned that 35% of all food produced in the U.S. is unsold or uneaten each year. The takeaway? It all starts with the choices we make as consumers, including meal planning and knowing your waste. Utilize your freezer and repurpose leftovers to drastically help to reduce your food waste. Click below for more information on why driving down food waste is good for the environment.

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Tips to Reduce Emissions

During the third session of Legacy Talks, we heard from the Director of the Atmosphere Energy Program at Stanford University, Mark Z. Jacobson. He shared how transitioning to clean, renewable energy will create a healthier planet and slow down the effects of global warming. For more about Mark’s work and large-scale renewable energy solutions, click here.

Our last presenter, Simone Berkovitz, a zero-waste educator at Marin Sanitary Services, discussed how the waste in landfills contribute to the greenhouse gas effect by creating methane. She also covered the latest news on composting, recycling, and the new food waste law in California, S.B. 1383, which took effect in January 2022. Click below for easy-to-digest visuals on recyclables, compostables, and what should go to a landfill.

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Why is this important for our longevity and future generations?

Our consumer choices have lasting consequences. We need to work with friends, family, neighbors, and legislators to provide the healthiest planet possible for our future generations. Together we can positively affect our longevity and that of our great-great grandchildren on multiple fronts—improving air quality by reducing heat waves, drought, wildfires, and severe storms.

How will you take action?

  • Understand how your buying choices impact waste.
  • Connect the dots between waste and air quality.
  • Commit to purchasing less plastic.
  • Learn which items can be composted and which can be recycled.
  • Share scientific information with friends and family on how their buying choices impact the environment.
  • Get smarter about food purchases, food storage and repurposing leftovers.
  • Work within your community to find ways to impact your local environment.
  • Be vocal with local legislators and city leaders so they know their constituents care about the environment.
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The Sequoias Portola Valley is Now a Certified Green Business!

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

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Happy Pride Month!

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 12, 2020

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May 21, 2020

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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

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Sequoia Living Superheroes “Sock It” to COVID-19

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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

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 15, 2020

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April 15, 2020

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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

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

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April 6, 2020

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April 20, 2020

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April 1, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: April 1, 2020

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April 1, 2020