Lodgecliffe on the Choptank
103 Choptank Terrace
Cambridge, MD 21613
Eastern Shore
As the new innkeepers at Lodgecliffe, we have brought with us a wealth of our previous conservation
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Our environmental team consists of on-site innkeepers, Autumn Porubsky and Kathryn Rue. We bring extensive backgrounds in social justice work, landscaping and carpentry (with an emphasis on energy efficient building) and cuisine service focused on natural and organic ingredients, grown on site, or locally sourced. With that background, we are committed to overseeing every aspect of operations at the inn and choosing the best environmental products and services available. It is our paramount goal to maintain or surpass exceptional guest service/experience, while making the least detrimental environmental impact possible. Meanwhile, continuing to evolve practices to excel in environmental stewardship.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Our purchasing policy involves obtaining products that are environmentally-friendly, or non-invasive. We support local businesses by purchasing directly from nearby farmers and in-county establishments whenever possible. Shopping trips and errands are combined to reduce fossil fuels. We use reusable shopping bags, and purchase products with a high recycled-content. We use environmentally friendly, vegan bath products for guests. Our paper products all have a high recycled content, and are used only when necessary.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Employees participate in regular volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity Choptank chapter. We also donate funds to support local environmental projects and wildlife habitats.
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
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
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
bulletProvide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
bulletUse water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
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
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
bulletMinimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletMenus are written daily on a dry-erase ceramic board, to avoid all paper menu use. All unused soap/bath products are donated to a local shelter. Our rooms have no dryers, rather linen hand towels, used by current guests. We haven't purchased any fabrics or carpets, but use low-VOC paint, and non-toxic repair materials whenever possible. Rainwater is harvested for irrigation use on grounds. And all vegetable/plant gardening is organic.
Recycling bins are available on the porch, and guest waste is sorted, and recyclables are removed from trash into recycling bins for proper disposal.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletAll worn towels and linens are converted to cleaning rags. Regular donations to local thrift stores and shelters include personal care items left by guests, food items, surplus vegetables from the garden, and other household items. Worm bin "tower" is also used for all natural soil amendments. Rain water collection is used for irrigation, and bird baths.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
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
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletUse cisterns, rain barrels, and/or drip line irrigation
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Water Conservation and Efficiency:
bulletHave had soil professionally tested to ensure balanced nutrient supply and soil acidity. Currently making additions to landscaping that include use of native plants, nitrogen-fixing plant materials, and xeriscaping techniques.
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
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
Heating and Cooling
bulletUse ceiling fans
Energy Efficiency:
bulletPurchased ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Energy Conservation and Efficiency
bulletReplaced all electrical outdoor lighting with solar powered lighting.
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
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
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:
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-Minimize the number of trips taken for errands. Very few single destination trips. We work with several companies who make deliveries to our inn based on when they will be making other deliveries in the area.
Green Building:
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics regarding our Green Building techniques:
bulletHave done a great deal of weatherization practices. Including weatherstripping, caulking, sealing, etc. to reduce energy loss and improve overall home energy performance.
Measurable Results
(1) Our bottleless water system has reduced the number of plastic bottles from landfills by at least 500 bottles per year. (2) Our recycling program currently diverts a minimum of 12,000 pounds of waste from the landfill. (3) 18,000 gallons of water have been reduced by incorporating low-flow showerheads.