Environmental stewardship

Many older adults are looking for senior living options through an environmentally conscious lens. At White Horse Village, responsible environmental stewardship was a fundamental consideration at its inception in the 1980s and continues to be integral to its mission and values today. It is woven into the everyday functioning of the campus and is also a part of long-term planning, design, and construction for the future. Various committees at White Horse Village, made up of both residents and team members, play an invaluable role in that ongoing process.




Drawing of geothermal technology used at White Horse Village

When planning the design of White Horse Village began in the early 1980s, the developers made the forward-thinking decision to install geothermal heating and air conditioning throughout the community. This system continues to dramatically reduce dependence on fossil fuels and saves money. As the campus has expanded, the use of geothermal has grown with it and will continue to be a part of planning for the future.

Drawing by resident Jane James

Sewer Treatment Plan

White Horse Village waste water treatment center

White Horse Village built a state-of-the-art sewer treatment plant. This plant returns clean treated water to the aquifer through leach beds.

Vinyl Siding Recycling

Vinyl siding recycling storage bin

Working with subcontractors during the renovation of the residential exteriors, 45,000 pounds of siding were transported to a manufacturing facility and repurposed into new siding rather than being sent to a landfill.

From Bags to Benches

Campus bench made of recycled plastic bags

During the COVID pandemic, residents collected plastic bags in which dinners were distributed and groceries and other necessities were packaged. The bags were recycled into three park benches, now providing a comfortable place for residents to rest while walking outside.

Community Garden

Community Harvesters Garden at White Horse Village

Early on, the residents established the Harvesters Garden, which consisted of over 75 plots of varying sizes. This garden provides exercise and fresh produce to residents and team members and attracts pollinators to the region.

National Wildlife Habitat

Sign recognizing White Horse Village is a certified wildlife habitat

In 2020, White Horse Village fulfilled the requirements for the National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat designation.

Rain Garden

Rain garden on campus

Our community uses native plants to create a rain garden beside the Paddock Grille patio to control stormwater, recharge the aquifer, and attract pollinators.


Electronic Vehicles (EV)

Electronic vehicle golf cart

Older campus vehicles are being replaced with newer, more energy-efficient electric vehicles.


Bin of single stream recycling items

White Horse Village has established a single-stream weekly recycling pickup throughout the residential areas. Residents have been educated about recycling practices in our township.

From Bags to Benches

Plastic bag recycling receptacle

Based on the past success of the Bags to Benches Campaign, we have expanded the effort to include plastic bags and specific numbered containers. Recyclables are collected in designated receptacles placed throughout the campus and will be transformed into additional campus benches.

Harvesters Garden Raised Bed Refresh

Raised garden bed made from recycled plastic

Using the plastic bag recycling company, the rotting wooden raised bed frames are systematically being replaced with recycled plastic boards.  

Dining Services

Recycle place setting items

The use of plastics and Styrofoam is being reduced in dining venues in favor of products made from renewable and reusable resources.

Compost Area Onsite

Compost area on campus

A large composting area has been created for residents and dining services. The community has been educated about the importance of composting in dramatically reducing landfill waste.

Replacement Windows

Window replacement on campus

During the renovation of the residential exteriors, all windows in five independent living neighborhoods were replaced with new improved U-Value windows.

Minimal Chemical Usage

Sustainable cleaning products

White Horse Village has instituted minimal use of chemicals in landscaping and uses only plant-based cleaning products in housekeeping.

Sustainable Materials

New paint and carpet in the Clubhouse

High-durability, low-volatile organic compounds (VOC) materials are used in all renovations and new construction. Some VOCs are dangerous to human health or cause harm to the environment.


EV Charging Stations

Charging station for electronic vehicles

White Horse Village will begin laying the underground cable needed to install stand-alone EV charging stations in two locations on campus.

LED Bollard Down Lighting

Bollard light

Beginning in 2024, White Horse Village will install LED Bollard lighting throughout campus to increase safety on the walkways and downward-facing LED street lights to decrease light pollution and increase efficiency.


New PawPaw tree planted on campus

We will continue to remove diseased trees and those that present a hazard and replace them with native trees. A selection of removed tree trunks will be available to the Woodshop members, who may cut them into usable lumber.