Back Creek Inn B&B
210 Alexander Lane
Solomons, MD 20688
Southern Maryland
Back Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast has always been committed to green initiatives, since being establish
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Our environmental team consists of Carol Pennock and her five staff members, bringing 73 years of combined knowledge to their green strategies. All staff is trained on how waste is disposed of; how resources are used; how, when, where and from whom supplies are purchased; the quality of supplies purchased; the ability to purchase recycled-content supplies; the ability to purchase local products whenever possible. We are all very conscious of our resources and practice environmental responsibility on a daily basis. We are mindful of our gardening practices because we are on the Back Creek and grow some of our own fruits, herbs and vegetables. We also choose local and organically grown products for use in the Inn. We continually seek new ways to conserve our resources and to put back into the earth a little of what we take out.
bulletSet Annual Goals: It is our goal to do a little more each year to practice environmental responsibility. As stewards of a historic home, we are constantly presented with opportunities to find creative ways to recycle and repurpose. We also search for environmentally-friendly products and services. This year a front load washer was purchased, energy efficient lights used, new more efficient A/C units purchased and installed two programmable more energy efficient thermostats. We are planning to implement rain barrels for irrigating the gardens in 2011.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We buy local whenever possible including local produce from area farmers & wine from Calvert County wineries. We always combine shopping trips & errands to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. We use reusable shopping bags.
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
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in 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
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletProvide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
bulletUse water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
Registration / Office
bulletUse a last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
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
Buildings and Grounds
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
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-RCRA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletMinimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
We provide a recycling can in the kitchen area. Guest waste is sorted and recyclables removed from trash to be recycled.
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:
bulletRecycling containers are available and in use at all special events. Convert worn towels to cleaning rags, etc. Convert worn sheets to drop-cloths, etc. Properly dispose of hazardous items at our local collection site. Still useful items no longer needed are donated to local thrift shops and/or charities. Compost yard and garden debris which is then used to fertilize both the vegetable and flower beds. Water plants/fill bird baths with dehumidifier water.
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
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:
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
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Water Conservation and Efficiency:
bulletWasher and dryer, and dishwasher are only run with full loads. Mulch is used in all gardens to retain moisture and reduce watering. No watering of gardens except during extreme periods of drought. No watering of lawn. Drinking water is filtered in a reusable Brita pitcher. Nozzles used on garden hoses to prevent freely-running water. Erosion-controlling plants are used.
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
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
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
Heating and Cooling
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave installed programmable thermostats for each room
bulletUse ceiling fans
Energy Efficiency:
bulletPurchased ENERGY 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
bulletMaintain a separate heating/air conditioning system for guest quarters in order to reduce the amount of energy required for the entire house (during periods of vacancy, temperature in guest quarters is adjusted - 64 degrees/winter, 80 degrees/summer). Maintain clean reusable air duct return filters. Boiler is cleaned and serviced yearly for optimum efficiency. Windows are opened on temperate days and heat or air conditioning is turned off. Washer, dryer, and dishwasher are only run with full loads. Cold water used in washing machine 90% of the time. Timers used for electric lights. Battery-powered smoke-detectors are used rather than hard-wired electric smoke-detectors.
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
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-We always combine shopping trips & errands to reduce fossil-fuel emissions. Do as much business online; i.e. banking, supplies ordered, etc.
Measurable Results
By committing to recycling waste generated by our household and Bed & Breakfast (glass, metal, plastic, paper products, lawn & garden debris, etc), we estimate that we divert at least 1500 pounds of waste from our local landfill each year. By combining errands and by taking advantage of online-ordering/purchasing and online banking we estimate that we reduce our fuel consumption by about 200 gallons per year.