VALLEY INN SUPPORTS THE EARTH WITH GREEN PRACTICES
A major goal in our
management of the Inverness Valley Inn is to create
a rewarding and memorable guest experience while minimizing
environmental impact. We feel that
vacations can be
high on natural luxuries such as beautiful natural settings
without being high on conspicuous consumption. Since
2006, we have made many changes here that promote energy
and water conservation, re-use, and recycling while
eliminating toxic products and reducing solid waste.
Guests who stay here can have a pleasurable but eco-friendly
vacation or retreat. We would like to think that the
eco-friendly lodging practices here will one day be
standard and expected everywhere.
The details of our efforts to minimize the environmental
footprint of IVI are enumerated below. The
overall impact of our efforts, however, are dependent
on the cooperation and participation of our guests in
our efforts to run a “green” inn. As a guest,
you can help by maintaining thermostats at 68 degrees
F or less, closing windows and doors when running the
heater, turning the heat and lights down or off when
away and at night, hanging up and reusing towels, using
your recycling bin, and using only water that you need.
If you are interested, please ask us how you can participate
in our chicken composting effort.
We have installed a roof-mounted 10.2 Kw photovoltaic
system that produces more than one-half of the electricity
used at the Inn. Energy conservation measures include
replacement of traditional light bulbs with fluorescent
and LED, 4 new tankless gas water heaters, Energy Star
washing machines, solar alarm clocks, replacement of
all-night outdoor lighting with motion-detector units
and solar lights, replacement of gas fireplaces with
more efficient models, turning off hot tub when not
in use, and using goats and sheep in place of tractor
and mower where practical.
Inverness town water is limited, as its sole source
is three surface streams, which have very low flows
during the long dry season. All plumbing fixtures and
washing machines are of the low-flow variety. We use
only water from our irrigation well for watering the
Re-Use and Recycling
separate out the recyclable materials from the running
of the inn. We have installed recycling bins in each
guest room with instructions on what can be recycled.
We feed compost, weeds and cut grass to our chickens,
brush trimmings to the goats and sheep and encourage
guests to save their compost for the chickens.
We have installed dispensers with biodegradable body
wash, liquid hand soap, shampoo, and dishwashing liquid
in each room to reduce plastic waste. Wherever possible
we reuse, repair and restore furnishings rather than
throwing out and buying new items.
We recharge batteries multiple times then dispose at
a special landfill. We have finally found a source of
bulk recycled toilet paper and paper towels for the
Reducing Toxic Waste
use only natural nontoxic fertilizers (i.e., goat, sheep
and chicken manure) and no pesticides on the landscape.
Biodegradable laundry detergent, body wash, shampoo,
hand soap, and dish soap are purchased in bulk and put
in dispensers. For cleaning we use vinegar and baking
soda, glass cleaner, Simple Green, and earth-friendly
enzyme spot removers, carpet shampoos, and glass cleaner.
And our guest room kitchenettes are stocked with organic
fair-trade coffee and teas.