Golden Arrow has big impact on Earth Day

LAKE PLACID - The greenest resort in Lake Placid continued its commitment to environmental awareness and sustainability with two Earth Day events.

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort held its second annual Kids' Earth Day April 22, one of many programs organized by the resort each year to encourage environmentally friendly practices.

The Kids' Earth Day event included a variety of craft projects to participate in, including making pin wheels out of recycled paper, magazine holders out of used cereal boxes, and paintings of the earth using marbles. Roughly 30 children attended the event.

"A lot of the [green] programs we have here at the hotel are geared toward the kids," said hotel owner Jennifer Holderied, "because if the kids get into it, then the parents are more likely to get into it too."

As an addition to their Earth Day program this year, the Golden Arrow also held an "E-sweep" collecting old and discarded electronics from area residents and businesses.

"Anything that plugs into the wall, we accepted," said Holderied.

About 5,000 pounds of electronic equipment was collected as part of the event, all of which will be transported to Good Point Recycling in Middlebury, VT to be refurbished, recycled, or otherwise disposed of properly.

Holderied said proper disposal was important because of all the heavy metals and other harmful chemicals electronic equipment can often contain.

"If those get thrown into the landfills, it just seeps right into the ground," she said. "Ultimately it will get back to you in some way or another."

The Earth Day events represent one of many programs the Golden Arrow puts on each year to educate people on greener alternatives, something the resort practices in their own operation.

The 169-room hotel 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.

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