Monday, July 14, 2014

NC GreenTravel program reaches three-digit milestone

NC GreenTravel program reaches three-digit milestone



RALEIGH – A state environmental program recently recognized North Carolina’s 100th tourism business for its use of sustainable practices that save energy and protect the environment.
The NC GreenTravel Initiative now boasts 100 sustainable tourism-oriented businesses with the recent addition of theUptown Greenville Umbrella Market, a farmer’s market in the Pitt County town that features locally-grown food and uses a refurbished trolley to shuttle people for free to the market from outlying areas in eastern North Carolina.
“On top of being a gorgeous place to live and visit, North Carolina is ideal for those who want to travel green,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “The NC GreenTravel Initiative has made people more aware of sustainable, travel-oriented businesses that make sound investments in sustainability. These businesses are a vital part of our efforts to protect the environment and encourage economic growth.”
NC GreenTravel started in October 2011 to promote sustainable travel. Tourism-focused businesses, including hotels and state parks, apply and are selected for the program by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University, N.C. Department of Commerce and the Waste Reduction Partners. Applicants are selected based on a grading system in which they earn points for different environmentally-friendly practices they use to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, recycle and help protect the environment.
Research has shown that sustainable businesses protect the environment and reduce operating costs and are more profitable without sacrificing guests’ comfort. NC GreenTravel businesses receive a certificate of recognition, a door decal and a listing on the NC GreenTravel website: http://bit.ly/UGB2rh. Businesses that are a part of or aspire to become part of NC GreenTravel are eligible for free, non-regulatory environmental technical assistance. Applying to the program is free.
“We know our tourism economy depends upon the protection of our nationally recognized travel offerings,” said Pat Long, director of Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University. “It will only be enhanced by sending a clear message that North Carolina tourism providers are working hard to limit energy and water use, reduce waste generation, and still provide the quality vacation and business travel experience travelers have become accustomed to.”
The following list includes some businesses that have earned a spot as NC GreenTravel members:
· The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands estimates they save $5,800 dollars a year in labor costs associated with switching from using incandescent bulbs to CFL and LED bulbs. In the past, the inn changed about 200 incandescent light bulbs every month. By no longer spending an average of 20 minutes changing bulbs, the Old Edwards Inn estimates that it’s saving 4,000 minutes per month, or roughly $5,800 a year.
· Central Carolina Community College Natural Chef Café features sustainable meals prepared by students enrolled in the CCCC Culinary Arts Continuing Education and Curriculum programs. The students compost food waste, use biodegradable dishes and work in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building in Pittsboro.
· The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro established a two-acre compost site to handle almost all its animal and plant waste. This change has generated a savings of more than $160,000 a year. The zoo has also seen cost and energy savings by putting in place a biodiesel processing project for its buses and trams, and mounting solar panels that each year produce 135,000 kilowatt hours of electricity for the zoo.
A list of all NC GreenTravel businesses are included in the following pages or can be found on the program’s website at: http://bit.ly/1ruWbiI.To learn more, visit www.ncgreentravel.com.
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NC GreenTravel Applications
Name of Business
City
County
Old Edwards InnHighlandsMacon County
King's Daughters InnDurhamDurham County
Posana CaféAshevilleBuncombe County
Ninth St BakeryDurhamDurham County
The Inn of the PatriotsGroverCleveland County
Tupelo Honey SouthAshevilleBuncombe County
Tupelo Honey DowntownAshevilleBuncombe County
Highland Lake InnFlat RockHenderson County
The CantinaAshevilleBuncombe County
Red Wolf CabinFletcherHenderson County
Black Bear CabinBlack MountainBuncombe County
Hidden PondAlexanderBuncombe County
CCCC Natural Chef CaféPittsboroChatham County
Museum of Life & ScienceDurhamDurham County
Waverly InnAshevilleBuncombe County
White Gate InnAshevilleBuncombe County
Sunny Point CaféAshevilleBuncombe County
Aloft Charlotte BallantyneCharlotteMecklenburg County
Casa RusticaBooneWatauga County
Pepper's Restaurant & BarBooneWatauga County
Proximity HotelGreensboroGuilford County
Print Works BistroGreensboroGuilford County
Makoto's Japanese Steak HouseBooneWatauga County
Grandfather MountainLinvilleAvery County
Holiday Inn Express JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Candlewood Suites JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Canyon's RestaurantBlowing RockWatauga County
Inn on Main StreetWeavervilleBuncombe County
Aloft Re:fuelCharlotteMecklenburg County
Asheville Green CottageAshevilleBuncombe County
Chick-fil-ARaleighWake County
Fairfield Inn JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Green Park InnBlowing RockWatauga County
Inn at Celebrity DairySiler CityChatham County
The Umstead Hotel & SpaCaryWake County
Cape Hatteras B&BBuxtonDare County
Home 2 SuitesJacksonvilleOnslow County
Baymont Inn & SuitesJacksonvilleOnslow County
Village Wayside Bar & GrillAshevilleBuncombe County
Adawehi Wellness RetreatColumbusPolk County
Beechtree Inn HertfordHertfordPerquimans County
Towne Place SuitesJacksonvilleOnslow County
Quality Inn JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Gorges State ParkSapphireTransylvania County
Native Kitchen & Social PubSwannanoaBuncombe County
PlantAshevilleBuncombe County
New River State ParkLaurel SpringsAshe/Alleghany Counties
Hampton Inn HendersonvilleHendersonvilleHenderson County
Pittsboro Road House & General StorePittsboroChatham County
Super 8 Motel JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Comfort Suites JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Brewed AwakeningsJacksonvilleOnslow County
South Mountains State ParkConnelly SpringsBurke County
Deerwoode Lodge & CabinsBrevardTransylvania County
Elk Knob State ParkToddWatauga County
N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knolls ShoresPine Knoll ShoresCarteret County
The Ballantyne Hotel & LodgeCharlotteMecklenburg County
The Gallery RestaurantCharlotteMecklenburg County
Big Mill Bed & BreakfastWilliamstonMartin County
The Market PlaceAshevilleBuncombe County
Appalachian Mountain BreweryBooneWatauga County
Melange Bed & BreakfastHendersonvilleHenderson County
The Cabins at White Sulphur SpringsMt. AirySurry County
N.C. Zoological ParkAsheboroRandolph County
Lake James CellarsGlen AlpineBurke County
The Daily Planet CaféRaleighWake County
Hampton Inn & Suites JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Hungry Town Bike ToursBeaufortCarteret County
Chimney Rock State ParkChimney RockRutherford County
Sleep Inn & Suites JacksonvilleJacksonvilleOnslow County
Hilton Garden Inn UMC DurhamDurhamDurham County
Hanna HouseNew BernCraven County
Holiday Inn Express Spring LakeSpring LakeCumberland County
Jennette's PierNags HeadDare County
Raven Rock State ParkLillingtonHarnett County
Earth & Surf Fest.JacksonvilleOnslow County
Hampton Inn Spring LakeSpring LakeCumberland County
I-26 Welcome Center Mars HillMars HillMadison County
Hanging Rock State ParkDanburyStokes County
NC Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNew Hanover County
Palm Coast ToursNew BernCraven County
Falls Lake State ParkWake ForestWake County
Festival of the EnoDurhamDurham County
Grandfather Mountain StateBanner ElkWatauga County
Lake Waccamaw State ParkLake WaccamawColumbus County
Medoc Mountain State ParkHollisterHalifax County
Singletary Lake State ParkKellyBladen County
Sustainable FoothillsLenoirCaldwell County
Merchants Millpond State ParkGatesvilleGates County
Caldwell Chamber of CommerceLenoirCaldwell County
Crowders Mountain State ParkKings MountainGaston County
Hampton Inn SwansboroSwansboroOnslow County
Meadowbrook InnBlowing RockWatauga County
Wilson Creek Visitor CenterCollettsvilleCaldwell County
I-26 East Welcome CenterColumbusPolk County
Millpond Day FestivalGatesvilleGates County
Roanoke Island Festival ParkManteoDare County
I-95 North NC Welcome CenterPleasant HillNorthampton
I-77 North Welcome CenterDobsonSurry County
Uptown Greenville Umbrella MarketGreenvillePitt County

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