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Box 659 - Homer - Alaska
 
Property Audit Overview

There are 4 properties currently listed in Homer. At this time there are 1 "Green" lodging properties listed of which this is the only lodging property that has completed the iStayGreen Audit. Alaskas Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge has been awarded a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating Alaskas Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge 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, Alaskas Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge employs 22 eco-initiatives.

For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by Alaskas Ridgewood Wilderness Lodge please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.

Eco Memberships and Certifications
Contact:The International Ecotourism Society
1333 H St NW, Suite 300E
Washington, DC United States 20005
phone: (202) 347-9203
Property Owner's Statement of Environmental Initiatives
Property's Green Team Leader:
- (907) 296-2217
Box 659
Homer, AK US 99603

Designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment, as an eco lodge Alaska’s Ridgewood utilizes local businesses and all of our guides and employees are Alaskans. We maintain a vegetable garden, and support our local Natural Foods Stores and Farmers Market. We also support our local environmental organizations.

We are situated in a semi remote location, adjacent to the Kachemak Bay State Park but we do not sacrifice luxury or comfort. We have preserved as much native vegetation surrounding our property as possible enhancing and conserving the local ecology. We have reincorporated trees and shrubs that will encourage birds and other wildlife to nest and rest here.

Our facility was designed and planned carefully. All of our appliances are modern and were selected for their energy efficiency. For example our washing machine is a front loader which uses a fraction of the water that a top loader does. And as a note, new sales in California mandate this style of washer. Our toilets are all low water flush, and conserve additional water.

We do not use bleach or other harmful chemicals and all of our soaps and detergents are free of animal fats.

The biggest challenge facing a wilderness eco lodge is how to deal with all of the water borne waste, before it is discharged into the environment, in an ecologically friendly way. Your health and safety is important to us, and with this in mind, our system was designed by career professionals, experts in their field of interest and was approved by The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. Developed in 1982 in Australia our system is a compact, aerated waste water treatment system. These systems are in use in Alaska, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and elsewhere. This system biologically treats all waste water from the Lodge on site in a six chamber fully contained system. A clean, clear filtered and odorless effluent is discharged into the drain field, and is easily assimilated into the earth.

Our philosophy also extends to our oyster farm. With the cooperation of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and other local oyster farmers, together we sponsor an annual program designed to certify and guarantee the quality of the water. This is accomplished by taking water samples and tissue samples of wild mollusks five times annually. Our oysters are also tested weekly from May 1st through October, and monthly from November 1st through April. These farms are considered in the environmental community as “the canary in the coal mine”. In summary these oyster farms are a valuable addition to the local eco system.


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