Seniors Find Value in a “Green” Retirement

Ray Horn and other residents of the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown planted a monarch butterfly garden along a creek on the property.

Eco-friendly initiatives big and small give senior adults purpose and resonate with their values. Future generations and the planet benefit, too.

For some senior adults, including Ray Horn, factors to consider when choosing a retirement community go beyond the size of the living accommodations or the variety of amenities and include the organization’s environmental footprint. Consciously managing the land and natural resources on its property not only benefits a retirement community’s longevity, it appeals to residents who view this type of social responsibility as a priority.

“We owe it to those before and after us to take care of the resources we’re given,” Patrick Sampsell, Masonic Villages’ chief environmental and facilities officer, said. “Acres of rich farm land, a healthy creek, a thriving orchard and a hearty roaming cattle herd make for a beautiful setting to retire to and are all things residents appreciate and value.”

The founders of Masonic Village selected its Elizabethtown location within Lancaster County more than 100 years ago because the property’s acres of fertile land and natural springs made it ideal for a sustainable community, and a working farm still exists on the property. Its conservation practices and commitment to protecting soil and water resources while operating a viable beef cattle and farm enterprise recently earned Masonic Village a National Environmental Stewardship Award.

This backdrop inspires residents to do more than just sit back and watch. When Masonic Village restored 3,200 feet of the Conoy Creek’s floodplain by…

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