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June 09, 2011
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Military retirement community to celebrate environmental milestone on June 23

Washington, DC, –On Thursday, June 23 at 1:00 PM, Knollwood Executive Director/CEO J.
Frank Hennessee, Brigadier General, USA (Ret.), will announce that Knollwood Retirement
Community’s Environmental Services Department has been awarded the prestigious Green Seal
certification for protecting health and the environment. Knollwood is the first retirement facility in the
nation to achieve this prestigious certification, which requires the use of environmentally preferable green chemicals, supplies and equipment; mandates extensive training for employees; and includes the adoption of best practices for high-performance green cleaning. Compliance with these requirements is verified continually through an independent, third-party auditor.

Opened in 1962 by the non-profit Army Distaff Foundation, Knollwood provides affordable, secure
retirement housing and health care services to members of the American military family, regardless of
their ability to pay. “This is a significant accomplishment for our community in the promotion of
environmental wellness,” Hennessee said. “Green Seal certification provides important third-party
validation for Knollwood’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards for protecting the
environment and the health of our 300 residents and 200 staff.” Knollwood provides four levels of care,
including independent living, assisted living, a skilled nursing facility, and a Special Care Center for
individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

The “Knollwood: Green Inside and Out” celebration will be held at Knollwood’s 16-acre campus,
bordering Rock Creek Park in Washington, DC. At the ceremony, Susan Heaton, Green Seal Director of
National Accounts, will present the Green Seal Certification to Cynthia Akins, Director of Environmental
Services, and her staff. Knollwood residents, staff, environmental services suppliers and neighborhood
organizations are invited to the one-hour ceremony, beginning at 1:00 PM.

“Knollwood’s adoption of best practices for environmental health is a tribute to its dedication to serving
members of the American military family and serves an example for retirement communities nationwide,”
Green Seal’s Heaton said.

The Army Distaff Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1959 by Mrs. Maxwell Taylor, wife of then Chief of
Staff of the Army, and Mrs. Hoy Davis to provide affordable, secure retirement housing and health care
services for Army officers’ widows who, at the time, received minimal benefits from the government.
With the help of thousands of Army wives around the world, the Foundation opened Army Distaff Hall in
1962 following a groundbreaking ceremony by Mrs. Mamie Eisenhower. The name of the community
was changed to Knollwood in 1989 when admission was extended to all retired career military officers,
male and female, and their female relatives. For more information, visit

Green Seal, a non-profit based in Washington D.C., has been identifying products and services that
protect the environment and human health since 1989. The Green Seal mark appears on over 3600
environmentally sustainable products and services, and Green Seal is accredited by the American
National Standards Institute. The independent organization focuses on certification to its leadership
standards, avoiding any conflict of interest that may arise from recommending products or consulting
with applicants. For more information and a list of all Green Seal certified products and services, visit

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