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It's a Wonderful Life, at The Green House Project

This holiday season, we reflect on the power of creating real homes, meaningful lives and empowerment for those who live and work in Green House homes.

We are gratified to know that in 32 states across the country, a Green House home, is an option for our loved ones. This past year, Green House homes in Maryland, Ohio, Wyoming, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Alabama opened their doors; and in 2013, through remarkable partnership, our first Green House homes will open in Virginia, and California!   We will continue to work tirelessly toward our mission to make this model available to elders in every community.
To create a real and sacred elderhood, we must continue to build relationships to help us meet our vision.  We are grateful to our partners in policy, regulations, and research, as well as providers, consumers and advocates who have supported us to achieve remarkable firsts.  This year, our first community based Green House homes opened in Rochester, NY, moving us closer to the dream of enabling people to age with dignity in their own community.  Also, the first grassroots Green House homesopened in Sheridan, Wyoming, proving that a small group of determined people really can change the world.  We are honored to serve the heroes of our country by partnering with the Veteran’s Administration to create Green House homes. By building on the common ground, of creating a better world for elders, we can accomplish great things.   


Next year marks 10 years since the very first Green House home opened in Tupelo, MS.  We celebrate the impact that has been made over the last decade, and how this movement is positioned to change the future of aging.   

Thank you for your continued support and involvement to make this vision a reality. 


Please explore our website, ‘like’ us on Facebook, download our “GHP” app for iPad, and continue to lend your voice and your heart to the pursuit of bringing real home, meaningful lives and empowered staff to nursing homes everywhere.  

With sincere gratitude,
THE GREEN HOUSE® Project Family

‘Tis the Season to be Warm, Smart, and Green

During the holidays and always, Green House homes embody warm, smart, and green principles. As discussed in Bill Thomas’ What Are Old People For?, warm organizations are rich in optimism and trust, and exude the spirit of generosity. Doing good deeds without the expectation of return is the most effective approach to warming people and organizations. Smart homes embrace technology that serves to foster the well-being of Elders and those who work with them. Green organizations provide an environment where Elders have close and continuing contact with the living world. Any sanctuary for Elderhood should demonstrate a true concern for safe and sustainable use of natural resources.
‘Tis the season to go green by reducing waste, saving energy, and renewing your commitment to green living. Here are some easy ways in which you can be warm, smart, and green this holiday season:
• Save paper by wrapping gifts with children’s artwork, maps, calendars, newspaper, a scarf, or fabric remnants. According to the Sierra Club, if every family wrapped just three gifts with reusable materials, it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
• Consider green gifts constructed from recycled materials, a homemade gift of photos or pottery, or even an experience like tickets to a show or sporting event. Order online and save gas – and patience!
• Receive a new computer, TV, or phone? Recycle old electronics or donate to a local non-profit and extend the life of valuable products.
• Install low flow aerators on sinks and low flow showerheads in the bathroom. You can reduce 40% of water used just by upgrading 2.5 gallon per minute (gpm) to 1.5 gpm fixtures.
• Support local farmers and add healthy produce to your holiday meal.
• Purchase energy-saving LED holiday lights and use 90% less energy than conventional lights. Light timers will also help conserve energy.