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Unique Inns are committed to encouraging, promoting and supporting ecological consciousness in the hospitality industry. Help make a difference and feel good about choosing to stay somewhere that provides sustainable services and accommodation.
Earth Friendly Evolution
The Black Walnut Inn takes the health of the planet seriously. Environmental impacts play a large part in the business decisions the Innkeepers make each day and they strive to evolve as new opportunities arise. For now the Inn takes earth friendly measures such as inviting guests to Google up their favorite newspaper rather than to have a print copy available, using bath amenities produced on the west coast of the USA and in containers that are bio-degradable in the landfill, buying energy star appliances, recycling, researching and purchasing local products for the preparation of our food, providing aluminum water bottles for guest’s use during their stay and discontinuing the use of plastic water bottles, installing single room heating and air conditioning units, keeping chickens, having a vegetable garden, using fluorescent light bulbs and training staff to turn off lights and turn down heating and air conditioning when rooms are empty.
FivePine Lodge ensures that every step is taken to eliminate wasteful practices. These steps include the implementation of recycling center, use of third-generation paper products, ecofriendly amenities and tankless water heating systems. Development of FivePine used a minimal impact approach- buildings were established around existing trees, developers used native landscaping and wildflower fields were planted to regrow naturally and more vibrantly each spring. Also, lighting is provided by energy efficient bulbs and rooms contain energy efficient heating and cooling.
Laguna Beach, California
From an early date, the owners of Casa Laguna recognized the importance of consuming less, recycling, reusing and preserving the special environment the hotel occupies. Casa Laguna was the first hotel in Laguna Beach to join the Green Hotel Association of America, comprehensively replace old lighting technology and introduce ‘on demand’ water heating systems for rooms. All linens are made from eco-friendly materials and all spa products are organic. The Inn has been an active member of the Slow Foods movement since 2002, is actively engaged in an Energy Efficiency Program, is part of the “Rise Above Plastics” program and is registered with the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
River Dance Lodge's concern and love for the environment has guided every decision made from construction of cabins to daily operations. Cabins were built to be comfortable, but not large, so heating requirements are minimal. There are no tv's and phones in the cabins, which means less electricity usage and also encourages people to connect with each other, spend time outdoors and simply relax in nature. The lodge uses on-demand propane water heaters rather than hot water tanks, so that less energy is used. The lodge has it's own recycling, septic systems and well. Only compact flourescent light bulbs and all "green" cleaning products are used. The lodge encourages guests to re-use towels and offers a daily maid service, but unless requested, change the sheets only every 3 days.
Upper Lake, California
Recharge your batteries in more ways than one at the Tallman Hotel. In February, 2011, the hotel became the first site in Lake County to install an electric car charging station. Located in the parking lot, the station can charge any 2010 or later all electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles and prior year vehicles with an adapter. The charge is free, so charge up while eating in the Blue Wing or staying overnight. The hotel was awarded the 2009 Green Guidelines Challenge and now uses green solar panels, quiet and efficient geo-exchange heating and cooling systems, a market garden, organic cleaning products as well as composting and recycling systems.
Sustainability, the Community & “Conscious” Tourism
The Stanford Inn by the Sea is an exceptional example of true eco-conscious tourism and was one of the first North American inns to adopt sustainable practices beginning the green revolution. The Inn believes that sustainability is a state of mind and looks at every aspect of their endeavor with an eye on reducing impacts on the environment and has pulled out all the stops necessary for providing the healthiest context possible for guests, staff and the surrounding community.
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