Sustainability Practices

 

Our definition of Sustainable Practices involves making business decisions that use resources in a responsible way.  We aim to conserve and protect the resources that we currently use (water, energy, clean air, food, raw materials) as well as improving the quality of the air we breathe and water we drink- practices that will help the environment support our children for generations to come.

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Following strict green building standards, choosing environmentally preferred purchases, adopting energy conservation policies, using environmentally friendly products and supporting non-motorized recreation are all fundamental elements of our business model.  However, Green Gate is not an ‘in your face’ environmental business by any means.  Instead, we aim to provide an educational example of various sustainability designs and practices that our guests may explore and learn from at their convenience.   It is our hope that Green Gate guests will take home not just great memories of their one-of-a-kind lodging experience, but also ideas of sustainability practices they may incorporate into their own lifestyle and home.  That said, some of the key sustainability practices at Green Gate are as follows:

  • Energy efficient construction details (such as superinsulation, air-sealing, high performance windows and doors, and heat-recovery ventilation) in new construction and renovation projects.
  • Energy conserving heating and cooling strategies, including active/passive solar thermal, renewable wood pellet stove (The Barn), and wood stove (The Farmhouse) capable of providing primary heating needs.  Fossil fuel systems (such as electric and LP) act as back up, rather than primary source.
  • Highest efficiency appliances and water-conserving fixtures installed whenever possible.
  • Organic/non toxic linens, bedding and cleaning products used in our guest homes.
  • Safe, healthy indoor air quality resulting from extensive use of reclaimed materials, natural/non-toxic interior finishes and decor.
  • 700 gallon rainwater collection system used for outdoor irrigation and gardening.
  • Large greenhouse and vegetable gardens provide local food supply to community and our guests.
  • Functional landscaping.  We aim to return the Green Gate property to the self-sustaining farm it once was by expanding the vegetable gardens, fruit orchards, and livestock (chickens, goats) to provide an increasing food supply to the local community.
  • Making nature accessible- our incredible location provides easy access to hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, paddling, birdwatching or just relaxing outdoors!