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Park Springs Members Adopt No-Idling Program

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stepless pathsPark Springs is not your typical retirement community. It’s not just the beautiful buildings and views on its campus next to Stone Mountain Park that set it apart; it’s also the level of activity and engagement its members show in the community.

As Director of Wellness and Community Life Services for Park Springs, Lisa Kiely is an advocate for positive aging and is always looking for ways to keep up the level of engagement among residents. One of the keys, she says, is giving them opportunities to participate in something that helps the greater good. That’s why she decided to institute a No-Idling program at the continuing care retirement community and enlist the help of its residents through a pledge drive.

“We have a very active community, and about 75 percent of our independent members drive themselves around,” Kiely says. “By signing a pledge not to idle on our campus, we’re raising awareness about the issue of air quality and giving members an opportunity to improve our environment and our local community for future generations.”

Park Springs launched the program in January at a general meeting, encouraging both residents and employees to sign a pledge and spread the word. Since then, 384 people have signed up, exceeding the program’s initial goal. Even members who don’t drive are participating. As passengers, they encourage others to avoid idling.

In addition to word-of-mouth marketing, Park Springs has added No-Idling signs at its loading dock and announcements on bulletin boards and its in-house TV channel. Park Springs’ leadership has also trained security guards and valets to discourage idling and educates employees about the program during new hire orientations.

Notes Lisa Kiely: “Park Springs’ goal of increasing engagement by uniting members behind a common cause may also be a good strategy for managers across a wide spectrum of organizations. New research shows that engaged employees are more productive, profitable and satisfied. Consider the benefits that a commute options, flexible work or idling reduction program could have for your business.”

Comments

  1. Patricia McCarthy on September 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm said:

    Save money and the environment at the same time? Sounds like a win/win situation to me. Congratulations to Ms Lisa Kiely and Park Springs.

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