Riverbend’s Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
Riverbend is dedicated to instilling a deep love and respect for nature in children. We accomplish this by teaching them about the natural world and also by setting a strong example of what a good steward of the environment should be. We believe that this is done by making efficient use of our resources and abiding by ecological principles in order to be a sustainable and responsible member of the community.
Good stewardship begins with being an efficient and mindful consumer. To reduce the waste produced by our staff and our guests we diligently recycle all of our paper products, glass, plastic, batteries, and aluminum. Any materials such as lumber and paper that can be reused are saved and put to good use. We also compost our food waste and animal bedding. Wise purchasing practices are a vital and often overlooked aspect of creating an environmentally responsible organization. We buy paper products that contain a high percentage of recycled material and our picnic benches and outdoor trash cans are made from recycled plastic. The over use of natural resources is a problem that all Americans struggle with. To help conserve these precious resources we have installed low flow toilets in the barn and all of our lights and electrical appliances are turned off when they are not in use. In addition to these common sense methods, we also make sure that our building’s mechanical infrastructure is well maintained so that it runs as efficiently as possible.
We strive to have an ecologically healthy and diverse habitat. We are aggressively planting native grasses, herbaceous plants, shrubs, and trees and strive to control invasive exotic plants using Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This method stresses the use of diverse methods to control problematic species so that negative impacts on the environment are minimized.
Hancock joins Riverbend with over 15 years of experience as a nonprofit professional for various organizations, most recently as Development Director of the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, a grant-making and education foundation.