The Inn on the Green in Middlebury, Vermont is a proud member of the Vermont Green Business Program, a sector program of the Vermont Green Business program under the VT Department of Environmental Conservation and the VT Small Business Development Center.
What does a Vermont Green Business Certification mean? It means we follow best management practices as laid out by the program’s standards in energy efficiency, water and waste reduction, recycling, purchasing, and operations. Several of these practices are elective, while much more are mandatory. Some examples of our specific best management practices include:
- Source food locally to reduce food miles and energy
- Replace all exterior and interior bulbs with LEDs
- Redirect waste from landfills through compost & recycling programs
- Install low flow water fixtures
- Reduce heat setting when rooms are unoccupied
- Provide product dispensers to eliminate individual sized plastic bottles
- Encourage the reuse of towels during a guests stay
- Laminate all guest menu’s, welcome information, and check in instructions to reduce the use of paper
The Inn on the Green – Environmental Policy Statement
The Inn on the Green is committed to protecting the environment, the health and safety of our employees, and the community in which we conduct our business. It is our policy to seek improvements throughout our business operations to lessen our impact on the local and global environment by conserving energy, water and other natural resources; reducing waste generation; recycling and purchasing environmentally preferable products; and reducing our use of toxic materials or production of toxic products and/or byproducts. We are committed to environmental excellence and pollution prevention through continual improvement and meeting or exceeding all environmental regulatory requirements.