Our Environmental Policy
Turquoise Barn is committed to environmentally sustainable business practices while maintaining high standards for cleanliness, guest comfort and customer
service. We strive to be environmentally responsible by recycling, purchasing energy efficient and recycled products, conserving energy and water, and
employing nontoxic cleaning products. Our mission is to be conscious of our impact while providing our guests with the comfort and enjoyment.
Our Participation in Phase One of the Green Concierge Certification Program
In April of 2011, Turquoise Barn voluntarily agreed to participate in HospitalityGreen’s, Green Concierge (GC) Certification Program. The property is currently in
Phase One of the (GC) Certification Program. Throughout the year our property will continue to improve and track our environmental sustainable practices. It is
our intention to qualify as a Tier One – Bronze facility under the GC Certification program by the close of 2011.
Our Sustainable Practices
In pursuit of our goal to attain GC Certification, we are currently implementing the following practices:
We use energy efficient lighting in all areas.
We only use Green Seal certified non-toxic cleaning products.
Our sinks, showerheads and toilets are water-conserving models.
We completed an energy audit in the fall of 2010.
We purchase paper products with high recycled content and post-consumer recycled content.
We use organic linens & soaps and line dry whenever possible
All food served is organic, vegetarian, from our farm or local whenever possible.
We practice organic growing methods and do not use any chemicals, pesticides, or harsh cleaners in our gardens, on our property, or in our home.
We promote and offer educational opportunities to our guests about the health and environmental benefits of supporting plant based diets.
We offer a sheet and towel reuse program for guests.
We recycle or reuse our paper, cardboard, bottles & cans.
We compost our food waste.
Using the Resource Tracking Tool developed by HospitalityGreen, we are tracking all of our resource usage and recycling.
What is HospitalityGreen’s Green Concierge Certification?
Hospitality Green LLC is a New York based consulting firm specializing in environmental and operations consulting services. HospitalityGreen partners with
service-based and product-based clients throughout the hospitality, manufacturing and institutional healthcare industries, to implement sustainable business
The Green Concierge (GC) Project, conceived by HospitalityGreen in 2009, works with tourism and lodging facilities throughout the U.S. to help improve their
economic vitality and their sustainable business practices without compromising service delivery or customer satisfaction. The GC Project, through funding from
the Empire State Development (ESD) and the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC) was launched in 2010 and is currently being implemented by
HospitalityGreen throughout the Catskill Watershed Region. Through the Catskill GC Project over 150 facilities are receiving technical assistance to improve their
operational economic and environmental sustainability practices.
There are 40 facilities currently participating in Phase 1 of the Green Concierge (GC) Certification program. The GC Certification provides a third –party audit for
performance-based improvements in resource use conservation and environmentally conscious practices.
The GC Certification process is structured in three tiers (Bronze, Silver and Gold) – with each tier providing a realistic benchmark and advancement to
subsequent tiers dependent upon a business’ commitment, their verifiable resource tracking and their dedication to increasingly rigorous sustainable practices.
The GC Certification was recently recognized and ranked by Greenlodge.org as a Silver Tier Program. Along with the GC Certification, Greenlodge.org also
recognizes as Silver Tier an elite group of national and international third party certification programs.
For more information on the Green Concierge Project and HospitalityGreen, visit www.hospitalitygreen.com