Chelsea Retirement Community Receives Washtenaw County Waste Knot Award

Waste Knot Awards 2016

On April 14, 2016, Chelsea Retirement Community (CRC), flagship campus of United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC), was honored with the Washtenaw County Waste Knot Award for the organization’s recycling initiatives. The Waste Knot Program provides community-wide recognition and organization-based technical assistance and education to businesses, schools, governmental agencies, and non-profit organizations that demonstrate leadership in waste reduction and recycling to protect our environment and to improve their bottom line.

As a participant in residential recycling through the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority, UMRC’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint include: adopting energy-efficient lighting; using “green” cleaning products in its laundry, janitorial and housekeeping departments; participating in local Adopt-a-Highway clean-up efforts; identifying ways to recycle packing materials; and engaging residents and staff in educational efforts, including an upcoming Earth Day celebration, to name a few.

UMRC President and CEO, John Thorhauer, says that “stewardship” is an important part of the organization’s Guiding Beliefs. “It is our goal to responsibly manage the resources entrusted to us.”

“CRC Environmental Services staff members have been instrumental in implementing the recycling program on our campus,” adds CRC Executive Director, Ashley Martin. “As good stewards of our resources, we look forward to further developing relationships in our local communities to increase waste reduction and recycling activities.”