LAKE PLACID - The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort has achieved what only one other resort property in the world has, a Five Green Leaf Rating from Audubon International and the Audubon Greenleaf Eco Rating Program.
The resort was recently notified of the honor after a lengthy review process. It is the only resort property in the United States to have achieved a 5 Green Leaf Rating. The only other one in the world is the Aurum Lodge in the Rockies of Alberta, Canada.
The announcement was made on Wednesday at the Golden Arrow. Among those present were Kevin Gallagher from International Audubon and president of Green Leaf Environmental from Ontario, Canada; Dan Murphy, president of New York State Hospitality and Lodging Association; and Jeff Sama, director of environmental permits and pollution prevention forthe New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, who also serves as the chairman of the New York State Green Hospitality and Tourism Council.
When Audubon International first rated the Golden Arrow in 2006, it was given a Three Green Leaf Rating. In spring of 2008, the Golden Arrow was the first resort in the United States to have achieved a Four Green Leaf Rating. Since then the Golden Arrow has worked diligently in their quest to become a respected leader in sustainable and eco-tourism.
"Our entire team has worked extremely hard to achieve the five-leaf rating from Audubon International," said Jenn Holderied, one of the owners of the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. "Every member of our staff has searched diligently to find innovative, yet responsible ways that we can make the resort more sustainable while enhancing the guest's experience. We would not have been able to reach this lofty goal without the dedication and commitment of the Golden Arrow employees.
"The tourism industry is in a unique position to influence and educate a large number of people about the importance of living gently on the Earth. If even a small percentage of the guests who stay at the Golden Arrow each year return home and make one change in their daily lives, such as recycling or using reusable bags when shopping, it makes a large impact and influences others around them."
Based on the criteria for the Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program, a Five Green Leaf-rated hotel is a world leader and innovator of eco-efficiency and clearly demonstrates leadership in the industry on green and sustainable practices. The Audubon Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program was launched in Canada in 1998 to meet the lodging industry's desire to provide quality guest services, while minimizing their impact on the environment, and was one of the first eco-rating programs in the world for the lodging industry.