Blue Moon Rising
89 Blue Moon Rising Way
McHenry, MD 21541
Western Maryland
From the initial plan, written on recycled paper, Blue Moon Rising's premier goal has been for every element to be built and maintained in a sustainable manner.
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: Everybody who works in any capacity on this project is on our "Green Team". Education in our strict building practices is on-going. Our mission is to have the least impact possible on our 15-acre property. We actually meet on a daily basis, to ensure that all decisions made during construction are the most eco-friendly available.
bulletSet Annual Goals: After initial construction is complete, we will continue to add features: more solar panels as finances permit, a demo composting toilet/ outhouse, outdoor solar showers, cob oven, a butterfly garden, and more. Further, our programming will begin - all on sustainable topics (composting, gardening, natural art projects, local wildlife and plant recognition, to name a few).
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Living roof, solar power and solar hot water heating, strawbale and natural lime plaster, lumber from site, cabins made with reclaimed lumber, permeable pavers, grass pavers (rather than asphalt), natural stormwater run-off management, all cabins have thriftstore dishes, flatware and glassware, kitchen cabinets from old doors, eco- friendly cleaning products, refurbished furniture, countertops from recycled paper, natural wood sealers, and more.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: We have adopted a stretch of road for clean-up, which we maintain. We have organized and participated in a stream restoration project with a local high school. We are developing projects for teachers to use in fulfilling Maryland's eco literacy curriculum requirement.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletPerformed a waste stream audit to determine baseline waste data and identify waste reduction opportunities
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse 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
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletUse reusable coffee filters
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
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
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
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.)
bulletOffer Leave No Trace tips and green travel education to guests
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
bulletSell organic cotton shirts
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
bulletSell sustainable, organic or local products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletUse low VOC adhesives
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
Every building (rental cabins included) has a built-in recycle center in the kitchen. When guests depart, they can drop off their recyclables in the large collection area. Staff will take collected materials to local recycling center. In the office, all paper is re-used, then recycled. Employees are issued stainless steel insulated beverage containers. We also use re-usable take-out containers. We recycle on behalf of our guests.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFood Composting
bulletFood Wastes
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletWe don't have curbside pickup of recyclables in our area - Garrett County is pretty rural. We use any of the county- designated recycling centers, located at most landfills. We are working with the Office of Economic Development to design an enhanced and more comprehensive recycling program.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletWe are aiming towards setting up a Green Business Certification Program in our county, and recycling will be a mandatory requirement.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
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)
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletrain gauges
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
bulletHave a green roof
bulletUse cisterns
bulletUse rain barrels
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
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
Heating and Cooling
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHave ENERGY STAR rated windows and doors
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletGenerate electricity from photovoltaic solar panels
bulletHave a solar water heating system
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Energy Conservation and Efficiency
bulletTwo of the gathering buildings have extremely efficient masonry heaters. The same two buildings have kitchens, with Energy Star appliances, but we don't have a commercial restaurant kitchen, as zoning doesn't allow. Our main building is on track to be Platinum LEED Certified.
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 water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics for Laundry and Linen Service:
bulletWe do not clean cabins daily, nor do we change linens during a guest's stay. The cabin is 'theirs' during the time they rent.
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse ideas set forth in Maryland Green Travel's Checklist for Planning Green Events
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
bulletUse green signage at the event
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
For guests:
bulletOur innovative ideas to minimize the impact of Transportation:We offer guests golf carts to use while on the property. Next year the building where the carts will be stored will be fitted with solar panels to charge the carts
Green Building:
bulletOur building is LEED certifiedx:
bulletWe are under evaluation for LEED rating: Platinum residential
bulletHistoric Property:We own a three-story log cabin in 1845. It was carefully dismantled and is in storage now. It will be reconstructed on our site Spring 2014.
bulletSustainable Building Materials:Strawbale and natural clay plaster; reclaimed lumber in all cabins
bulletAwards:We are brand new, just opened. But almost 5 years in the making, using green building practices the entire journey!
Measurable Results
38,000 board feet of reclaimed lumber used during renovation and construction which equates to approximately 88 old-growth trees saved (considering full growth, 24” average diameter). This, in turn, equates to approximately 202,400 lbs of carbon emissions sequestered annually.* *(Using EPA’s references on 10-year old trees, they show 23 lbs per tree. However, the average 24” diameter tree is approximately 30-60 years old and 100+ times larger than a 10 year old tree. So we calculated 2300 lbs per tree x 88 trees = 202,400 carbon emissions sequestered annually as a conservative estimate of green house gas reductions)