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Lodge at The Amee Farm Opens Powered by Geothermal


PITTSFIELD, VT.—A two-year restoration that included relocating a farmhouse dating to the mid 1800s has created a new, highly eco-friendly, 16-room lodge called The Amee Farm, one mile north of Pittsfield, Vt. The Amee Farm restoration was undertaken by Michael Halovatch of New York City. Amee Farm is managed by Becky Mcmillian, chef/caretaker, and also by Chris Orosz, farm manager.

Q Hotel & Spa's 38-Point Plan Keeps Green Efforts on Track


KANSAS CITY, MO.—Doug Gamble, managing partner of the Q Hotel + Spa here in Kansas City, Mo., is on a mission to make his 123-room hotel as sustainable as possible—even to the point of turning off lights in the lobby during the day and hanging clotheslines to help dry washed linens. Gamble’s company has owned the hotel since April 2007. A renovation was recently completed.

1.5-Megawatt Wind Turbine at Jiminy Peak Passes One-Year Mark


HANCOCK, MASS.—After the price of electricity jumped 50 percent during the 2005-2006 ski season at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, management knew it had to do something significant. It could not just keep passing along rising costs to its customers; it would lose market share. The resort invested in a 1.5-megawatt wind turbine that will pay huge dividends in the long term.

Biltmore Farms to Install Solar Water Heating System Atop New Hilton


ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Biltmore Farms SM Hotels announced that it will install a large-scale solar water heating system atop its new Hilton Hotel in Biltmore Park Town Square. The system will provide the 165-room hotel with more than 2,000 gallons of hot water a day, and it’s expected that the system will save approximately $10,000 annually in fossil fuel costs at current rates.

Seaview, a Dolce Resort, Helping to Protect Diamondback Terrapins


GALLOWAY, N.J.—Seaview, a Dolce Resort, is taking environmentally friendly actions to become a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary and help preserve the Diamondback Terrapins. Each year, the resort's famed Bay Course is inhabited by nesting Diamondback Terrapins, a species of turtles native to the brackish coastal swamps of the eastern and southern United States.

New Rhode Island NYLO to Be Powered by Renewable Energy


PROVIDENCE, R.I.—The NYLO Providence/Warwick is setting a new standard for living a loft lifestyle in Rhode Island—while using renewable energy resources such as wind, solar and hydro to better meet the demands of its guests in an eco-friendly climate. NYLO Providence/Warwick has become the first hotel in the state to open completely powered by renewable energy from local resources.

Hotels Among EPA Performance Track Members Renewing Commitments


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Seven lodging properties and several Fortune 100 companies, including Hewlett Packard, Lockheed Martin, and Xerox, are among the 96 facilities that have renewed their membership in EPA's National Environmental Performance Track program. Among the lodging properties: the Pinewood Cove Resort.

Philadelphia Airport Marriott Earns Green Seal Certification


PHILADELPHIA—The Philadelphia Airport Marriott hotel has earned Green Seal certification, an organization recognized and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, according to Sandy LeBlanc, the hotel’s general manager. The Marriott hotel near the Philly airport is the only property in Philadelphia to have this green certification.

Arizona Biltmore’s Green Initiative Includes Long List of Action Steps


PHOENIX—The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa here in Phoenix has committed to setting the standard among resorts for an environmentally friendly operation with the implementation of an all-encompassing green program. “Adopting environmentally friendly practices is no longer an option but a necessity,” said Julia Thorn, director of corporate communications.

Inn at Hickory Run Prepares to Erect $60,000 Wind Turbine


WHITE HAVEN, PA.—Thanks to a grant from the State of Pennsylvania Energy Harvest Program, the Inn at Hickory Run here is getting closer to its goal of erecting a 6.6-kilowatt wind turbine. Construction is expected to begin within the next two weeks. David Pfeil, who owns the inn with his wife Nancy, says the wind turbine will cost $60,000, with the State of Pennsylvania picking up $37,600 of the cost.

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