There are 21 properties currently listed in Duluth. At this time there are 2 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 2 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. The Inn on Lake Superior has been awarded a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating The Inn on Lake Superior 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, The Inn on Lake Superior employs 30 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by The Inn on Lake Superior please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
We speak at seminars/workshops to share our knowledge - and gain knowledge as well. We try whenever possible to purchase locally and if that is not possible stay with vendors that are environmentally aware. We are a member of Minnesota Waste Wise and also in the Early Adopters Sustainable Twin Ports group following The Natural Step process-Canada. Only 15 local businesses were picked for this group. As equipment fails we replace it with Energy Star. We are in the process of finding and testing non-chemical cleaning products for the hotel. We have purchased and are using an Ozone machine for our laundry room which saves in energy and water consumption. We have environmentally friendly paper products etc. in our breakfast area, public area restrooms, and guest rooms we are still pricing out these items for toilet paper and facial tissue. where ever possible we are also using environmentally friendly products in our offices as well. If we are unable to do this at this time we make sure things are getting recycled. We also purchased real bowls, plates, silverware to replace Styrofoam in the breakfast area. We have been using Duluth Steam's waste hot water which would otherwise be vented out to heat our domestic hot water, pools, spa, and front entrance. We have eliminated Styrofoam through out the property. We use real glassware in guest rooms as well. We fertilize our lawns without chemicals from LaVerme's worms juice and corn glueten. We have switched to an environmentally friendly Amenity program. The old product is being fazed out so we don't waste it and all new product will be in rooms by June. The new product will be purchased and on stock for a year in a warehouse. Motion sensors for break rooms and public restrooms have been purchased and will be installed within the next few weeks. We are adding an environmental page to our employee orientation handbook. We are working on finding CFL lighting that fits our older fixtures in our conference center and lobby area that are connected to a dimmer switch. We have put in CFL throughout property wherever we can. Guest rooms, lobby lamps, hallways, etc. Our corporate office has started to make environmentally friendly purchasing for our property on large products when possible. We have been working on finding an in room management system for heat and lighting control. Once our key cards run out we will be purchasing environmentally friendly cards - corn cards. Going forward all purchases made for the property are being assessed and environmentally friendly purchases are being made whenever and where ever possible.
We are the winners of the 2008 Explore Minnesota Sustainable Tourism Award.