We are proud to announce that the Sea Meadow Inn has now been certified a GREEN property and operation by two independent certification programs. Through our continuing efforts, we look forward to improving our green practices to achieve higher levels in the Cape & Islands Green Initiative and the Trip Advisor GreenLeaders programs.
Cape & Islands Green is an environmental initiative organized by a committee of representatives from the business community with support from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, Hyannis Area Chamber of Commerce and Sandwich Chamber of Commerce to help Cape & Islands organizations and businesses earn a green verification. Cape & Islands Green began its work in the fall of 2008. Since then, the group has developed a program to guide businesses through a verification process. The program has three levels, each with criteria for the business to achieve in order to gain recognition from the program. The Sea Meadow Inn has completed Level I and is well on the way to achieving Level II status.
The Cape & Islands Green mission is to educate and encourage people in their places of work to engage in better practices which reduce our collective impact on the natural environment.
Similar to many of the certification programs in our industry, GreenLeaders scores a property based on its green practices. There are numerous categories in which one can score points—Energy, Water, Purchasing, Waste, etc. All qualifying properties must have a basic set of green practices in place: use at least 75 percent energy-efficient bulbs, have current and active towel and linen re-use plans in place, recycle at least two types of waste, offer staff training on green practices, and offer guest education on green practices.
Four Levels of GreenLeader Status
As a GreenLeader one can achieve Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum status. To be a GreenLeader, one must meet the program’s basic requirements and achieve at least a 30 percent score on the Green Practices survey. The Sea Meadow Inn has been awarded Silver status. All participants must reapply on an annual basis to ensure their continued enrollment in the program, and to maintain the GreenLeader award on their property’s page.
We invite all our guests to participate in our environmental and ecological efforts during their stay. Feel free to ask how you can help or make suggestions to improve our efforts.