Our Environmental Policy
It is Menla Mountain Retreat’s environmental policy to minimize our impact while maintaining our high standards of physical property appearance, cleanliness, and customer service. We accomplish this by recycling, purchasing energy efficient and recycled products, conserving energy and water, employing green products to the extent consistent with guest comfort and acceptability, and featuring as many local products as possible. Please join us in our efforts to be environmentally responsible.
Our Participation in Phase One of the Green Concierge Certification Program
In January of 2011, Menla Mountain Retreat voluntarily agreed to participate in Hospitality Green’s, Green Concierge (GC) Certification Program. The property is currently in Phase One of the (GC) Certification Program. Throughout the year our property will continue to improve and track our environmental sustainable practices. It is our intention to qualify as a Tier One – Bronze facility under the GC Certification program by the close of 2011.
Our Sustainable Practices
In pursuit of our goal to attain GC Certification, we are currently implementing the following practices:
- We replace expired light bulbs with energy efficient ones.
- We produce our own organic vegetables in our on-site garden and supplement those with seasonal produce from local farms.
- We dispose of hazardous waste according to state regulations.
- Our sinks, showerheads and toilets are water-conserving models.
- We purchase paper products with high recycled content and post-consumer recycled content.
- We offer a sheet and towel reuse program for guests.
- We recycle our bottles, cans, cardboard and paper.
- We compost our food waste.
- Using the Resource Tracking Tool developed by HospitalityGreen, we are tracking all of our resource usage and recycling.
Hospitality Green LLC is a New York based consulting firm specializing in environmental and operations consulting services. HospitalityGreen partners with service-based and product-based clients throughout the hospitality, manufacturing and institutional healthcare industries, to implement sustainable business practices.
The Green Concierge (GC) Project, conceived by HospitalityGreen in 2009, works with tourism and lodging facilities throughout the U.S. to help improve their economic vitality and their sustainable business practices without compromising service delivery or customer satisfaction. The GC Project, through funding from the Empire State Development (ESD) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) was launched in 2010 and is currently being implemented by HospitalityGreen throughout the Catskill Watershed Region. Through the Catskill GC Project over 150 facilities are receiving technical assistance to improve their operational economic and environmental sustainability practices.
There are 40 facilities currently participating in Phase 1 of the Green Concierge (GC) Certification program. The GC Certification provides a third –party audit for performance-based improvements in resource use conservation and environmentally conscious practices.
The GC Certification process is structured in three tiers (Bronze, Silver and Gold) – with each tier providing a realistic benchmark and advancement to subsequent tiers dependent upon a business’ commitment, their verifiable resource tracking and their dedication to increasingly rigorous sustainable practices.
The GC Certification was recently recognized and ranked by Greenlodge.org as a Silver Tier Program. Along with the GC Certification, Greenlodge.org also recognizes as Silver Tier an elite group of national and international third party certification programs.
For more information on the Green Concierge Project and HospitalityGreen, visit www.hospitalitygreen.com