When I was growing up, we lived in a house that had an incinerator. I was little and when mom told be to take the trash to the basement and burn it, I was happy to do it. The only cardboard I ever recycled was used for the”Boys Only!” clubhouse we would build in the woods. When I was in high school, I drove a 1969 Ford LTD that weighed more than a blue whale and drank gas at the pace of 9 mpg. I (we) have come a long way baby.
All of us have evolved and managed to break some old habits. We have conditioned ourselves to live differently and now we have a whole set of new habits. When the green movement started, it was one person at a time. Now we are households, schools, communities and businesses.
Of course, there is always room to develop and go to the next level and as it goes here at the Antlers, we are taking the lead. We now have an Environmental Sustainability Coordinator and I’m more than up for the challenge, but I don’t want to do it alone.
We have owners, guests and friends of the Antlers that live all over the world and I would love your input. Give me your thoughts, suggestions, web sites and even your inventions ( I invented the Prius in college and didn’t tell anyone and look what happened. Toyota took all the credit ).
Anyone that gets back to me gets a free cup of coffee from our lobby. Leave a comment or write me at [email protected] or, and coming soon, an actual face book account. I look forward to hearing from everyone, even if it’s just to say hello.
Okay – Hello. This is not an original thought – but it’s a great way to reduce that carbon footprint. Ride your bike to work. (Unless you live right down the hall – then ride your bike to the grocery store, the concert, your friend’s house). I don’t do it enough and if this rain ever stops I plan to do it a lot more.
I take cream. Thank you.
Require all our cars going forward to run on diesel and get 25% better gas mileage for the entire USA fleet of vehicles.
More e-mail and less old school mail (already happening), although it hurts the post office, we are using less fossil fuels to move paper based documents.
Ha! You have come a long way from the days of the incinerator and the ’69 Ford LTD. Here are some recent ideas from the Green Hotels Association:
•Coins or chips are being used for car parking instead of paper tickets.
*Bicycles are being loaned or rented to guests.
*Solar energy is being used to light signage.
•Mowed landscaping is being replaced by ground cover.
Wishing you all the best in your new position,