Environmental conservation is an essential element of Cedarbrook’s mission and vision and we embrace the sustainable efforts throughout the Pacific Northwest region. The hotel embraces green practices across all departments, acknowledging that green initiatives are not only environmentally responsible, but economically beneficial too.
Food & Beverage
The Food & Beverage team leads the way in the administration of Cedarbrook Lodge’s sustainable initiatives. The commitment to sustainability and diminishing its carbon footprint is evident on many fronts. You can literally count the ways!
- Americans produce more than 200 million tons of municipal solid waste per year. U.S. landfills are filling up, garbage incineration is becoming increasingly unpopular and alternative waste disposal options are difficult to find. Which is why composting is such a popular and practical solution to this environmental problem. Composting extends municipal landfill life by diverting organic materials from landfills and providing a less costly alternative to conventional methods of waste disposal. Composting enriches the soil, helps prevent pollution, reduces the need for water, fertilizer and pesticides, and are a low cost alternative to standard landfill cover and artificial soil amendments.
- Fresh baby carrots, green beans, turnips, beets, strawberries, mixed lettuces, tomatoes and herbs flourish in Chef’s Garden. And, our overnight and restaurant guests enjoy the ability to wander and relax amongst the fragrant herbs while taking in the peaceful atmosphere of the beautiful grounds.
- Mushrooms are involved in yet another of Cedarbrook’s food and beverage sustainable practices. That is, the purification and breakdown of toxins from the property’s water runoff to the wetlands. In the growing of mushrooms and in the inoculation with mycelium of the wood/hay that covers the mushrooms, a natural filtration system is created. And the on-site mushroom garden has been strategically located (naturally) near the edge of the wetlands such that the water runoff will be forever naturally purified before it returns to the wetlands...and keeping the wetlands beautiful and restored in the process.
- Oh yes, about the water runoff! On the southwest side of Cedarbrook’s grounds there is a half-acre water reclamation pond…built into the ground so as not to be unsightly. Its function is to capture all the gutter water which drains automatically its way. It acts as a reservoir to provide the property with its non-fresh water needs. What does that mean? No fresh water is used in the sprinkler system or to water the “farm,” gardens and lawns. The water is 100% recycled!
- As you might imagine, a hotel kitchen produces its fair share of grease…in Cedarbrook’s small operation – 100 gallons a month! Since 2010, Cedarbrook has partnered with a local company, General Biodiesel, to haul away its used grease/fry oils to be converted into useable biodiesel fuel used locally to reduce its carbon footprint. Cedarbrook Lodge has been designated a “Certified Green Partner” by supporting this waste-to-energy program…just another way to lower its carbon footprint.
- Cedarbrook is committed to the reduction of environmental waste and uses to-go food containers made of 100% recycled paper (minimum 35% post-consumer content) produced by BIO-PLUS EARTH as well as 100% biodegradable and compostable cutlery made from plant-based PLA-renewable resources by ECO Products.
- Featured in all Cedarbrook Lodge guestrooms are William Roam bath products. All products in The Roam Collection contain a unique blend of antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals and are American made. All packaging has been sensibly produced with post-consumer resin and cartons are made from 100% recycled paper.
- Cedarbrook is a proud member of the Clean the World Global Hygiene Revolution which collects and recycles previously discarded soap and bottled guestroom bath amenities. In doing so, hygiene products are distributed to impoverished people worldwide to prevent millions of deaths annually caused by hygiene-related illnesses.
- Even Cedarbrook housekeeping staff uniforms are environmentally friendly while maintaining a sense of fashion and function! Made of 100% post-consumer drinking bottles, the uniform fabric – Greenplus® – saves natural resources and helps keep waste out of landfills.
- Our Cedarbrook team uses only Green Seal Certified cleaning and paper products.
- Linen and terry re-use options are the choice of all Cedarbrook Lodge guests daily.
- In-room notepads are made from 100% recycled stock notepads and pens are made from 97% recycled plastic and other materials.
- All guestrooms boast low-energy use 42″ HDTVs.
- Arriving guests are issued Green Earth reNEW Key Cards. They are biodegradable and made from corn and other plant materials.
- Cedarbrook Lodge was awarded Platinum Level GreenLeader status in the TripAdvisor®GreenLeaders™ program in 2013. This program helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S. Cedarbrook Lodge earned the top distinction of Platinum Level for its sustainability practices.
Engineering Departments are critical components of successful hotel sustainable practices. That is certainly true at Cedarbrook Lodge. Its Engineering team successfully replaced existing light bulbs throughout the property with compact fluorescents. It is presently investigating a system whereby the hotel grounds’ water sprinkler system will be controlled by satellite. In fact, energy efficient lighting has become a standard throughout the property as has high-efficiency plumbing.
And as for the wetland restoration program – it is an ongoing work in progress.
Sales & Marketing
Sales & Marketing’s salute to sustainability comes through its use of paperless, online promotional sales tools such as eMeetings & Events Guide and Weddings eBrochure. Once paper-trail staples, no more!
Cedarbrook Lodge is in the process of becoming a Green Key Member, a designation awarded by The Green Key Eco-Rating Program. It is based on a graduated rating system intended to recognize hotels, motels and resorts committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program online audit encompasses corporate environmental management, housekeeping, food & beverage operations, conference & meeting facilities, and engineering. In order to be a Green Key Member, you must show sustainable practices in energy and water conservation, solid and hazardous waste management, indoor air quality, community outreach, building infrastructure, land use, and environmental management.
Additionally, the Cedarbrook leadership team is working on achieving its Energy Star rating as a precursor to seeking LEED Certification.