Since its inception in 1953, Cedar Community has been committed to being good stewards of God’s creation. Our 245-acre Big Cedar Lake campus is highly regarded as an oasis of undeveloped lakefront, where our grounds crew pioneered the concept of establishing natural prairies to reduce labor and lawnmower emissions, as well as preserve native prairie plants.
In the 1990s, ‘green initiatives’ at Cedar Community became more quantifiable, as construction materials and methods incorporated energy efficiency and reduced environmental impact. Cleaning products … water, electricity and gas usage … resident activities … food selection and preparation … waste disposal and recycling … gardening and land use … all are now taken into consideration.
In March 2011, solar panels were installed at Cedar Ridge Apartments. The 156 photovoltaic panels’ estimated annual carbon dioxide offset is 75,021 pounds and its estimated lifetime offset is 1,875,500 pounds -- equivalent to not driving a typical car 2,044,000 miles! In October, Cedar Community installed 144 more panels at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation Center. To monitor their realtime effectiveness, click on either of the links below:
On September 27, 2011 Cedar Community convened its first “Green Team” meeting. This collection of residents and staff share a mission “to encourage lifestyles and habits that promote efficient use of natural resources.” The team focuses on three areas: Corporate Conservation, Individual / Lifestyle Conservation and Education / Promotion. To learn more, email or call 262.306.2100. Click here to see the latest Green Sheet newsletter!