Leave A Perpetual Legacy
To embrace and implement strategies that positively exhibit our social, environmental and economic values in support of our families, employees and the community in perpetuity.
West Laurel Hill’s commitment to sustainability extends to all areas of our business. From opening our green burial section, Nature’s Sanctuary, to developing a permanent initiative which guides us in implementing ongoing new green strategies. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.
In addition, West Laurel Hill supports other sustainable businesses in our community through partnerships and volunteering in helping their organizations make a greater positive impact on our environment. Our cemetery and funeral home are certified by the Green Burial Council.
West Laurel Hill’s Nature’s Sanctuary is also SITES Gold Certified - making us the first cemetery to ever achieve SITES Gold status. Nature’s Sanctuary was recently selected for a Merit Award from the ASLA in the General Design Category.
Energy & Waste Management
The Energy & Waste Action Plan will ensure our organization meets its long-term energy and landfill waste reduction goals. A few of our completed initiatives include utilizing goats for the maintenance of Nature’s Sanctuary, converting to LED lighting, and implementing a robust recycling program.
Our Land Conservation Action Plan will decrease the amount of mulch, top soil, and stone purchased and decease erosion and increase biodiversity. We have a tree cover of over 3,000 and created a tree planting plan for the next five years. We are currently outlining ways to reclaim organic material, soil, and rock.
Employee Wellness & Engagement
West Laurel Hill cares about its employees. The Employee Wellness and Engagement Plan is designed to help understand the needs of our employees and to continually improve upon employee wellness and satisfaction. We currently have a monthly speaker session covering various wellness and sustainability topics and host weekly staff walks on the grounds during the workday.
To learn more about our commitment to sustainability, please read our Sustainable Strategy Plan. Our sister cemetery, Laurel Hill, is equally committed to sustainability, which you can read more about here.