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DATE: December 30, 2009
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Paul Lockwood, (603) 271-6460

NHDES-NHLRA Partnership Certify Appalachian Mountain Club as an Environmental Champion

CONCORD, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the N.H. Lodging and Restaurant Association announced today that the Appalachian Mountain Club Highland Center is the second lodging facility to be certified as an Environmental Champion under the new partnership between the two organizations.

The Appalachian Mountain Club operates a system of huts and lodges throughout the northeast with a total of 83 rooms. Its green certification application was for three lodges and eight huts. In addition to water and energy reduction measures, the AMC demonstrated a high level of dedication given to educating its employees and patrons on sustainable operations and environmental stewardship in the hospitality industry. It has implemented a strategic plan to reduce its carbon footprint by 80 percent by the year 2050. To kick off this plan, it replaced all boilers with more energy efficient models.

The AMC has implemented numerous additional projects that are beyond the realm of the more conventional recycling and energy efficiency efforts. One of those projects involved replacing all incandescent exit signs with LED lit signs, thus reducing energy usage and CO2 emissions. The average exit sign uses two 20-watt bulbs and is lit 24 hours a day; whereas the average LED exit sign unit burns only 1 watt of energy. Changing out the 37 exit signs resulted in a 9.08 metric ton reduction of CO2 emissions annually.

The AMC created a teaching environment for guests by conducting daily tours of the main lodge showing the materials used to build and run the facility. In addition, it showcases the landscaping on site. Two examples are the indigenous grass fields in the front of the building that have mazes for guests to walk through, and ivy trellises that create a sun screen during the warm summer months. Overall, the AMC manages a sustainable facility and is committed to using the most environmental methods of operation possible.

For additional information on the NH Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program or the DES Pollution Prevention Program, please contact Michelle Veasey at mveasey@nhlra.com, or Paul Lockwood at nhppp@des.nh.gov or 800-273-9469.

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