Atlantic Oceanfront Inn
4501 Atlantic Avenue
Ocean City, MD 21842
Eastern Shore
We are constantly striving for new and innovative ways to conserve energy, reduce waste, and preserv
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: John Luff, Eco Leader; Ryan Creasy, Green Team Maintenance; Phil Weigel, Green Team Maintenance. Our team meets 1-2 times per week and discuss new and innovative ways to conserve energy, reduce waste, and preserve the environment. A quarterly meeting is held to discuss large projects and purchases for the near future.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Once per month we review all of our electric usage, water consumption, waste output, and supply use. With this information we analyze and determine where we can invest our time and money to make the most dramatic impact overall. One of our core beliefs is that we can become Better Every Day. On a weekly basis we strive to have three measurable goals completed towards a greener hotel. Examples: 1) 3 guest rooms converted to all CFL's, 2) Public Restrooms upgraded with low-flow fixtures, 3) Outdoor solar lights installed
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: All of our cleaning products are a Green line of products produced by Holt and Clorox. We utilize biodegradable and earth friendly products which also have the added benefit of being healthier for our guests. All Purpose Cleaner, Oxy-Degreaser, Bathroom Cleaner, Toilet Bowel Cleaner, Glass Cleaner, Shampoos, Soaps, Conditioners, Lotions, Laundry Detergents, and stain removers are premium eco-friendly products.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: The Atlantic Oceanfront Inn is a proud supporter of the Surfrider Foundation which is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches for all people. The organization was founded upon the principles of conservation, activism, research, and education.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: Responsible care and Better Every Day system. We are constantly evaluating, analyzing, and maintaining an energy efficient hotel. In order to do this we have check-lists in place for monitoring our key systems to continuously perform at optimal levels.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
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
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletUse water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse a last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletRe-use paint thinners
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA-RCRA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletUse integrated pest management - IPM
bulletMinimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
2 large collection bins in the lobby
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
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
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletrain gauges
bulletminimizes lawn areas
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
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse of directional, i.e. downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:Signage, outdoor lights, security lights
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air conditioning HVAC system
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave installed programmable thermostats for each room
Energy Efficiency:
bulletPurchased ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletUse Energy Star's Benchmarking Tool for the Hospitality Industry
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain house cleaners on the process for optional linen service
bulletPurchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linens service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics for Laundry and Linen Service:
bulletTowel on the rack program. Guests are encouraged to re-use towels by leaving their towels on the rack in the bathroom. If they wish for their towels to be changed they may leave them on the floor.
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Our housekeeping department utilizes car-pooling and the public bus system which has resulted in more parking for our guests and significant fuel savings for our employees.
Measurable Results
1) Our recycling program currently diverts more than 5 tons of waste from the landfill. 2) Over 50% of our current lighting has been upgraded to energy efficient compact-fluorescent lighting. 3) Our reflective white roof coating cools the interior of the hotel and reduces cooling costs by nearly 35%. 4) We've upgraded half of our guest rooms with new Air-Conditioning units that are 30% more energy-efficient.