This is the only property we currently have listed in Hallowell. The property has completed the iStayGreen Audit process. Maple Hill Farm B and B Inn has been awarded a 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Maple Hill Farm B and B Inn 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, Maple Hill Farm B and B Inn employs 41 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Maple Hill Farm B and B Inn please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
Maple Hill Farm is proud to be the first certified "Environmental Leader" green lodging establishment (2004) under the program operated by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. We had previously received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence (2003) for our environmental initiatives. We have focused on reducing our consumption of energy generated by non-renewable resources as the greatest threat of fossil-fuel based energy consumption is global warming, and we must all do our part to minimize the negative impacts of this impending change. We installed a 10 kW wind turbine in 2003 and followed up with a 15 kW solar photovoltaic array plus 202 vacuum tubes capturing solar thermal energy for heating our domestic hot water.
We have focused on eliminating unnecessary waste from our facility by installing dispensers in guest rooms which use bulk shampoo, conditioner, and shower gel, thereby eliminating the need for individual amenity bottles which not only contribute to solid waste but also waste unused product.
All food waste goes to feed the farm animals and the resulting animal manure, once composted, fertilizes the flower beds and gardens at the inn. We serve our own farm-fresh eggs as well.
When renovating the inn in 2001, we installed a new heating system with individual thermostats/zones for each room of the inn thereby heating only the spaces being utilized at any given time.
When building the large conference space in 2003-2004, we incorporated natural lighting into common spaces, the conference room, and work spaces including the commercial laundry and kitchen. All our food service both on-site and off-site utilize reusable china, glassware, and cloth napkins in order to eliminate any disposable products.
We take time to educate any guest that is interested in our green practices, including the information on our web site which shows the greenhouse gases we are avoiding (click on "see our solar savings" on our home page), detailed information on our alternative energy systems on our web site, and a display at the inn including a full-size solar electric panel and mockup of the solar thermal collection system.
We are also preserving approximately 30 acres of fields and woods by operating our business in a rural location.
Thanks for the opportunity to explain our initiatives in detail.