There are 2 properties currently listed in Boothbay Harbor. At this time there are 2 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 2 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. Spruce Point Inn Resort And Spa has been awarded a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Spruce Point Inn Resort And Spa completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, Spruce Point Inn Resort And Spa employs 24 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Spruce Point Inn Resort And Spa please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER CERTIFICATE AWARDED TO SPRUCE POINT INN RESORT & SPA By Susan Clough (2006 article Boothbay Harbor Register)
Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa recently was awarded Maine’s Green Lodging Certification for their efforts to educate, utilize and conduct business with a firm commitment to supporting a healthy and green environment. The Inn is only one of 16 properties in Maine to receive this certification and the first property of this size.
The Spruce Point Inn has long been called “where the forest meets the sea” and it is the intent of owners Joseph Paolillo and Angelo DiGiulian to do whatever they can to preserve the richness of the environment the Inn has to offer.
“Maine is a leader in eco-tourism and being an environmental green property goes hand in hand with eco-tourism,” said Paolillo. DiGiulian added, “Honoring and preserving the natural beauty of Maine and the wealth of activities that can be enjoyed in our natural surroundings is an important part of why we live and do business in Maine”
Maine is been a leader in encouraging and supporting efforts by the hospitality industry to maximize and nurture all aspects of “being green”. “Being conscious of the impact on the environment of what you do in your business is the first step in the education process,” said DiGiulian.
About 7 or 8 years ago, the owners of the Spruce Point Inn made a commitment to the environment and have fashioned many of their operational decisions with that in mind. There are a multitude of ways to “think and be green”, such as the use of bio-degradable products for laundry services and the products provided for their guests in the bathrooms. Recycling of plastics, metals, cardboard and other packaging is another way to lessen the impact of modern society on the environment. Spruce Point Inn has instituted an aggressive educational program to help not only their staff but their guests become more conscious of the efforts they hope will keep Maine green for a long time to come.
Composting the organic kitchen wastes for use in the gardens, using electric golf carts instead of gas powered ones, buying recycled paper products and eliminating items such as Styrofoam containers and plastic cups and utensils unless absolutely necessary are all “action” items in the Spruce Point Inn program.
The Inn buys organic meats, vegetables and other food items from local farms and outlets for their restaurants. Growing herbs and flowers for use in the kitchen and throughout the hotel is a wonderful statement about their commitment to their environment.
Water conservation techniques are utilized throughout the property with simple signage in the guest rooms regarding towel re-use as well as the use of conserving water flow fixtures in the showers and sinks. Energy efficient lighting has been installed throughout the property and timers are used for low density and traffic areas. Energy star air conditioning technology is utilized and the heating and air units are individually zoned to minimize any waste.
What started as a committee of 2 many years ago is now a formalized Task Force charged with the serious goals of keeping Spruce Point Inn as green as it can be. The task force documents, educates and trains staff to have an every day awareness of the impact of making sometimes small but always necessary decisions about how they handle issues that affect the environment.
Another interesting trend has been the efforts by both federal and state agencies as well as private companies to provide economic incentives for environmentally green programs. “It is an investment in our future,” noted Paolillo “and if we can influence action by providing pro-active programs, then we are sure there will be a long term positive impact on our environment.”
Both Paolillo and DiGiulian will tell you that their efforts come out of their personal commitments to the environment and how they want to live their lives, raise their children and enjoy their grandchildren. But they will also tell you it is simply “good business” to advocate, promote and support all “green programs”. It is a win-win for everyone.