Highland Lake Inn & Resort is devoted to protecting and preserving our environment. We are also passionate about sustainability and organic gardening and are an Energy Star Partner. We will continue to find more efficient and environmentally sensitive ways to use our energy resources and to offer our guests an environmentally friendly place to stay for years to come.
Highland Lake Inn & Resort has created and actively implements the following environmental practices:
Doing Less with More
We’ve committed to help improve the energy efficiency of America’s buildings by 10 percent or more through the ENERGY STAR Challenge. As we join the ranks of other leaders in energy efficiency, our energy savings are reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change. We’re delighted to help deliver a better world for not only our guests but everybody. Our hard work on energy efficiency today will yield a cleaner environment for everyone in the future. Want to join us in reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions? Visit www.energystar.gov to see what you can do to become more efficient at work and home.
Solar Thermal Heating Panels
The solar thermal panels will convert the sun’s energy to heat the water used in the Woodward House, as well as the laundry facilities, which are also housed in the inn. By harnessing the sun’s power, Highland Lake Inn will not only save money on fuel costs, but will also displace 10.5 tons of carbon dioxide over the 30-year lifetime of the system. The savings are also equivalent to adding 9.7 acres of forest carbon storage, and not driving 2.5 cars for one year.
Season’s Restaurant and Organic Garden
For our award-winning restaurant, Season’s at Highland Lake, we make certain we use the most natural and organic processes and suppliers possible. Our 2-acre organic garden provides the freshest in-season ingredients possible for use in our restaurant, combined with utilizing the richest produce this area has to offer from our local suppliers. All of Highland Lake Inn & Resort uses composting as well as a drip irrigation system from our 40 acre lake to water the organic garden. In addition to this, Season’s at Highland Lake participates in the sustainable seafood program to ensure that the seafood we purchase was not harvested in environmentally damaging ways.
We have recycling bins located in all of our lodging areas as well as our restaurant, Season’s, which recycle paper, plastic, and glass. All of the office supplies we use are recycled and we also use recycled paper for printed products. We use brown, unbleached paper towels and also use recycled toilet paper. The restaurant also uses a grease/oily liquids recycling bin. We use ceramic coffee cups instead of plastic or Styrofoam. We don’t use any Styrofoam containers on our property. Highland Lake Inn also recycles our compact fluorescent bulbs at Home Depot.
In-Room Environmental Practices
Keeping Flat Rock beautiful, all of our facilities are strictly non-smoking. We use “Save Our Planet” signage in all of our rooms to encourage guests to use their towels multiple times before housekeeping picks them up to clean. We utilize bulk amenities dispensers for soaps and shampoos that eliminates the need and waste from small plastic bottles. Low flow shower heads and adjustable toilet valves are used in the rooms to cut down on wasted water. Biodegradable products are used for room cleaning and no phosphates are used in our laundry. Motion sensor technology is being used throughout the property to lessen energy waste in unused rooms, as well as the use of compact fluorescent bulbs whenever possible.
Other Energy Saving Practices
Highland Lake Inn, one of many prestigous resorts in the Asheville area use rechargeable batteries and also uses energy-efficient appliances for all new purchases. New HVAC units all have a SEER rating of 13 or higher. All new window purchases are dual pane and energy efficient. All of our exit signs use energy efficient LED bulbs. We have digital programmable set-back thermostats throughout the property. Reversible ceiling fans are used in our lodgings, office, and restaurant to preserve heating costs in the colder months. There are also no motorized boats used on our 40-acre lake.
National Wildlife Federation Certified
The National Wildlife Federation® (NWF) has recognized Highland Lake Inn as an official Certified Wildlife Habitat™ site. The property attracts a variety of birds, butterflies and other wildlife, while helping to protect the local environment. In order to become certified, a property must provide the four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover and places to raise young; and must employ sustainable gardening practices.
What are Carbon Offsets?
Greenhouse gases that cause global warming are produced from the burning of fossil fuels (gas and coal) that we use every day. Carbon offsets help balance carbon dioxide emissions by giving people the opportunity to purchase a product or service that either saves or stores the same equivalent of carbon dioxide, thereby offsetting the amount of CO2 emissions an individual produces. We encourage all of our guests to conserve first, and if you choose to offset, listed below are two companies that can help and inform you about making good decisions about this process.