"Where the City meets the Country"
RANCH IN CHULUOTA RECEIVES FLORIDA
GREEN LODGING DESIGNATION
Environmentally-friendly hotels conserve resources, save money
and attract customers
- The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today welcomed
Big Oaks Ranch to the Florida Green Lodging Program. The designation
is the first for Seminole County and the 26th for the program, a voluntary
state initiative that provides the lodging industry with technical
assistance and encouragement to adopt cost-saving “green”
practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
“Big Oaks Ranch has demonstrated their commitment to protecting
Florida’s environment,” said DEP Central District Director
Vivian Garfein. “Their leadership serves as an example and a
challenge to other lodges to adopt innovative green practices, conserve
resources and save money.”
Big Oaks Ranch has implemented a linen and towel reuse program and
installed low-flow toilets and faucets to conserve water. In addition,
Big Oaks Ranch conserves energy through the use of ENERGY STAR®
rated equipment and energy-efficient lighting. To improve air quality,
the lodge utilizes environmentally-preferable cleaners and electrostatic
air filters for air-conditioning units. To reduce waste, Big Oaks
Ranch uses recycled paper products, practices bulk purchasing and
offers recycling of newspapers and steel and aluminum cans.
Big Oaks Ranch is the first recipient to receive this prestigious award in Seminole County and the first ranch/farm in the State of Florida.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes
environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural
resources and prevent pollution. As a reward for designation, Florida
is recommending Green Lodges to companies and trade organizations
seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities.
With the addition of Big Oaks Ranch, the program has 26 hotels designated,
with 46 in the process of becoming designated.
For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program designation
process or to locate a Florida Green Lodge, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging
1900 Brumley Road
Chuluota, FL 32766
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