Sunrise Senior Living and Horizon Bay Retirement Communities were awarded the first Senior Care Communities to earn Energy Star Certifications according to an announcement from the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).
In order to meet the certification requirements, buildings must use 35% less energy and emit 35% less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Sunrise and Horizon Bay were presented the awards for thirty-two senior care communities at the ALFA 2011 Conference & Expo.
“Sunrise Senior Living and Horizon Bay Retirement Communities are the first providers of senior living in the nation to have communities earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR from the EPA,” said Richard P. Grimes, president and CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America. “ALFA applauds Sunrise, Horizon Bay and other senior living companies who plan to earn their environmental credentials by participating in ENERGY STAR program. Thank you to EPA for taking an interest in seniors housing and managing a program that will help senior living advance business excellence and environmentally friendly programs.”
Recently, the EPA announced the new category and shared details about how lenders could participate.