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A Green Facility

When we bought the 1909 American Four Square farmhouse with the intention of creating a tranquil retreat, we knew our renovation and expansion needed to be done in harmony with nature. Our desire was to have this facility promote ecologically sustainable practices, so our building and renovation decisions had to support the environment:

  • Save fossil fuels by installing a geothermal heating and cooling system.
  • Use Johns Manville formaldehyde free insulation materials.
  • Use adhesives without volatile compounds.
  • Paint the interior with Benjamin Moore Ecospec paint.
  • Use Weather-Bos water soluble stains and sealants on both exterior and interior wood surfaces.
  • Install carpet and padding made of recycled fibers.
  • Use outdoor decking by Nextwood, made of recycled composite materials.
  • Use outdoor deck and porch furniture by Polywood, made from recycled milk jugs.
  • Use recycled cast aluminum for signage.

 

Our Energy and Conservation Efforts

We adhere to the Green Hotel Association's conservation standard: During a guest's stay, linens are replaced only when necessary or when requested by the guest, reducing energy and water usage.

In addition, we do not distribute individual-use soap, or containers for shampoo or lotion. Instead we provide dispensers in each shower, tub or sink area to provide these items.

The Inn also recycles all newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard, metal cans, fiberboard, plastic bottles, and Styrofoam. We support the Mecosta Recycling center with donations of cash and returnable beverage containers.

When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world.
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