Antietam's Jacob Rohrbach Inn B&B
138 W. Main St
Sharpsburg, MD 21782
Western Maryland
We strived to conserve energy, preserve our natural resources and reduce our environmental impact. By continuing to do our part we hope to share that with our guests so that they may do the same.
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: The innkeepers are the environmental team of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn. Our mission is to conserve energy, preserve our natural resources, and reduce our environmental impact as a business. We develop our environmental goals seasonally.
bulletSet Annual Goals: As we have just taken over this business, our foremost aim has been to develop metrics for assessing our environmental impact; previously, there were none. With more measurable information, we have been able to determine achievable goals. Additionally, next year, after we have a established a year-long baseline, we will compare that season's environmental impact with this last years and get a sense for how we can improve. For example, this year we have collected over 500 gallons of rain water using the rain barrel run-off and drip-line irrigation system that we installed. We found that this was not enough water to meet our agricultural needs independently, so we plan to install two more rain barrels and double our total length of drip-line irrigation in order to collect 1,000 gallons of rain water.
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We are a small, self-run business that opts for sustainable products whenever possible. We offer biodegradable soaps to our guests. We also fit our beds with micro-fiber sheets, which are recyclable. Additionally, we strive to obtain locally sourced food, and refuse to serve from single-use, wasteful products, such as styrofoam.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: N/a
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: N/a
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
bulletUse composted production materials for fertilizer
Recycling receptacles are placed outside of each room, and guests are encouraged to recycle. We inform all guests as to which items can be recycled.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletFood Composting
bulletFood Wastes
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletApple Valley Waste; weekly bulk pick-up
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletDefrost foods ahead of time in refrigerators to avoid the need for running-water defrost
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletRain gardens
bulletUse rain barrels
bulletUse drip line irrigation
bulletCollecting wash-down water and using for irrigation
bulletCollection of storm water runoff for irrigational use
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
Energy Efficiency:
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain staff on the process for optional linen service
bulletHave signage in each room explaining the linen reuse procedures
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linen service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Measurable Results
1 - Over 4,000 pounds of recyclable material recycled a year. 2 - Over 200 cubic feet of yard waste collected a year for composting and mulching. 3 - Over 500 gallons of water saved a year by collecting rain run-off in rain barrels and by using drip-line irrigation methods.