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Hotel receives environmental award

LAKE PLACID - The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort was among the recipients of the 2008 Environmental Excellence Award, announced last week by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) commissioner Pete Grannis.

The fifth annual New York State Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony took place in Albany last week, acknowledging winners and their projects. There were more than 40 applicants, with submissions coming from industry, local governments, advocacy groups, educational institutions, and the hospitality sector. A committee of 20 representatives from the public and private sectors selected the winning submissions.

"The projects selected are outstanding examples of how we can solve environmental challenges by using innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or creative partnerships," Grannis said. "By recognizing New York's environmental and conservation leaders, we hope to inspire stewardship so that others can make significant positive impacts and protect New York's natural resources."

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort features energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, green grounds, and environmental education. The Resort has instituted green programs on a variety of fronts to reduce the environmental impact not only of the hotel, but also of the traveler.

It features a "green roof" - a rooftop expanse of native plants that provides wildlife habitat, reduces water runoff and helps keep the inn warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A limestone beach reduces the impacts of acid rain. In-room recycling, insulated windows, energy-efficient lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures are also part of the mix.

The hotel also offers incentives for guests that travel by foot, ski, bike or hybrid car. The Golden Arrow also assists others in the hospitality industry find ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

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