Golden Arrow has big impact on Earth Day

"We try to find a balance between cost, quality, sustainability, and the guest experience," explained Holderied. "Anything green we do has to either maintain or enhance the guest experience."

Recently, the hotel began using amenities that have recyclable paper packaging and mattresses with replaceable parts that reduce waste. Switching to a green disinfectant cleaner for bathrooms cut costs for the hotel as well as its impact on the environment.

"Finding stuff like that, we really get excited about it," Holderied said.

Still, the resort plans to continue making a worthy effort to encourage others to follow their example of sustainable business. Their annual Eco-Fair, normally held in May, will commence later this fall with tips for going green.

"It's just a matter of helping people understand what's out there," said Holderied, "making it a habit for people and making it the norm."

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