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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: February 28, 2012
CONTACT: Melissa Zych (603) 271-0878

Common Man Inn and Restaurant in Claremont Achieves Environmental Champion Status

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services in partnership with the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association declare the Common Man Inn and Restaurant located in Claremont, an “Environmental Champion” under the Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program.

The Common Man Inn and Restaurant in Claremont, which reside in two refurbished mill buildings on the banks of the Sugar River, gives new meaning to the word “reuse.” Both facilities contain functional decorative amenities salvaged from various homes and buildings, which might otherwise have been discarded. These items not only add character to the buildings, they also promote good environmental stewardship. For instance, 20,000 square feet of flooring installed in the inn was salvaged from an old basketball court in Manchester, which saves not only the cost of purchasing new flooring, but eliminates the need to manufacture new flooring and dispose of the old flooring.

There are also numerous environmental initiatives in place throughout the inn. The energy efficient heating and cooling system is programmed to avoid wasted energy to heat or cool an empty room. Handmade soaps are from a local company that will cut the soap into small portions avoiding excess waste. With low-flow plumbing fixtures installed in each room and a linen reuse policy in place, the inn conserves on average 280,000 gallons of water per year. The restaurant recently installed a new spray valve in the kitchen saving an additional 62,000 - 93,000 gallons of water per year and the energy used to heat that water. The restaurant supports local farmers, grows its own herbs in an herb garden located on the patio overlooking the river, and like the rest of the Common Man family facilities, recycles waste cooking oil to fuel the delivery truck.

The “Green Team” at The Common Man Inn meets regularly to discuss new opportunities to reduce waste and save energy. This inn and restaurant located in a historic mill town is a great example of how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Being declared an Environmental Champion means that lodging and restaurant facilities have made an extra effort to reduce their impact on the environment by reducing waste, energy and water use. It is the highest level of achievement in the Sustainability Program. Over 30 facilities throughout the state have earned this title. For more information about the program, contact Melissa Zych of the DES Pollution Prevention Program at (603)271-0878 or melissa.zych@des.nh.gov. To see the full list of sustainable lodging and restaurant facilities, go to www.nhslrp.org.

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