There are 20 properties currently listed in Cambridge. At this time there are 3 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 2 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. Irving House At Harvard has been awarded a 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Irving House At Harvard 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, Irving House At Harvard employs 39 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Irving House At Harvard please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
Irving House is a small hotel occupying a converted two family wood framed house. Our green initiatives have been developing in response to available technology since we acquired the property in 1990. Because of the small size of the property and its age and style, we do not have motion sensors in guest rooms, or regular 'green' meetings. Our staff is trained in green practices, and we keep in touch on a regular basis, but not 'officially.'
Guests and staff compost breakfast refuse in a program developed in the mid Cambridge community with the assistance of the owner.
The owner is co-chair of Cambridge Local First which seeks to improve both locally owned, independent businesses and sustainable operations.
The owner has been for many years supportive of jitney service from the airport to area hotels to reduce the trips made by individual taxis and encourage a welcoming approach to visitors to Cambridge.
The owner was one of the first buyers of a Prius in 2001, and still drives one, as the company/personal car.
Our plans to install solar panels on the roof are in process. We hope to have both solar thermal for hot water production and photovoltaic for electricity use, AND a to install a place to plug in your electric car, to offer as a free amenity for our guests.