The Environment2023-03-29T07:37:36-07:00

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.

Environmental Stewardship at Sequoia Living. Image shows the earth.
elderly couple hiking

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.

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.

kitchen trash. Trash bags.
The Link Between Composting and Air Quality. Woman composting fruit scraps.

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.

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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COVID-19

Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 26, 2020

Case and Testing HighlightsYesterday we received a positive COVID-19 test result for a staff person at The Sequoias Portola Valley. We are doing contact tracing and notifying individuals who may [...]

June 26, 2020

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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 to experience a mass of people coming together, singing, laughing, […]

June 26, 2020

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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 realize that it is not about having the perfect words, […]

June 25, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 12, 2020

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June 12, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: June 4, 2020

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June 4, 2020

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Sequoia Living Coronavirus Update: May 20, 2020

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May 21, 2020

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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 to our amazing residents and staff who are choosing the […]

May 14, 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

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

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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 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

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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 you can feel the generosity and kindness that is in […]

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!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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