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Pilgrim Place

Pilgrim Place is a Continuing Care Retirement Community providing quality housing and services for people who have served fifteen or more years in careers in religious, charitable, or non-profit humanitarian organizations. Residents come to Pilgrim Place to continue their lifelong service and outreach to others while exploring new opportunities for personal growth and learning within this caring community. Pilgrim Place residents share a common commitment to social justice, peaceful living, and prophetic environmentalism. At Pilgrim Place, residents continue to pursue new interests and develop new skills.
As part of their environmental commitment, Pilgrim Place is working to make our 32-acre campus an energy-efficient, solar-powered model for communities throughout the nation. Buildings are responsible for about half of all US energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Many energy solutions have been proposed, but most are not aggressive enough to meet the demanding timetables set by climate-change scientists. Retrofitting existing residential and public-use buildings is the most economically and technically feasible way to solve the energy crisis. Pilgrim Place recognizes the gravity of the world’s environmental and energy crises and the need for local communities to take immediate steps to address these issues. After nearly two decades of work on environmental concerns, we are now launching an initiative to dramatically reduce our CO2 emissions and make our campus a model of energy efficiency for thousands of other retirement communities across the nation. If executed at scale and holistically, such proven energy-efficiency measures will yield gross energy savings of more than $1.2 trillion, well above the $520 billion needed through 2020 for upfront investment. By executing proven efficiency measures in buildings, we can avoid constructing more energy plants, reduce environmental damage, create more comfortable and healthy buildings, eliminate vast capital expenditures, and provide a valuable window of time in which to develop and improve clean alternative sources of energy.