Conservation has been a way of life here since the beginning. It’s the realization that quality of life would always matter, that our nature and history must be preserved for all generations. It’s easy to see why by taking a drive — call it back to the future — along the National Road, just like thousands of early settlers did in their wagons in the early 1800s along the one-time dirt road.

Thousands of them simply stopped here as they saw the potentials of a fruitful life: beautiful forests and plentiful wildlife, the cleanliness and usefulness of the Whitewater River, the flat land and the dark, fertile soil.

Just a mile into Richmond from the east is Hayes Arboretum, a place that has kept alive the old-growth beech-maple forest and offers views of nature unlike few other places.

Travel a bit further down National Road and you’ll encounter a wide expanse of green and then a rose garden on the southern edge of Glen Miller Park. This space, which is welcoming to adults and children, epitomizes a citizenry that valued its environment and the need for playtime in beautiful surroundings. The Madonna of the Trail statue stands guard over the park, while symbolizing spiritual reverence for our community.

Soon, you’ll pass over the Whitewater River Gorge, where walkers and bike-riders can quietly blend in with nature. The new Cardinal Greenway is steps away, voted the best trail in Indiana.

The Whitewater River flows south into a recreational area that draws people by the thousands from nearby Cincinnati, Dayton and Indianapolis.

A few miles farther down the road, Cope Environmental Center beckons with nature. It’s an educational driver for nature for our community and our state.

Our planning and building infrastructure is focused on efficiency and being eco-friendly. The Reid Health campus, new housing and new buildings on our educational campuses all live up to these ideals of sustainability.

Yes, ecology truly is a way of life here.

Reid Health understands  the importance of being good stewards of the environment. Our extensive work to be environmentally friendly includes energy saving efforts such as LED lighting, a green roof on part of our main campus and extensive recycling efforts.

Our most recent improvement was in a major change in our Cafe at Twelve Hundred to remove polystyrene foam products and replace them with much more “green” choices made from a combination of potato or cornstarch polymers, wheat straw, sugarcane recycled paper and other plant-based resins.

More information about our efforts can be found here:

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Read about more environmentally friendly efforts at Reid Health:

Reid’s healing environment

Food rescue program

Cafe at Twelve Hundred goes greener

LED lighting at Reid Health reduces carbon footprint