INN AT BAY HARBOR:
GOAL OF NET ZERO BY 2030
As a resort built to highlight the beauty of our area’s natural landscape, we’re committed to making a positive and meaningful impact on our environment. By joining the ForeverProject led by our parent company, Boyne Resorts, the Inn has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2030, with plenty of milestones along the way.
Create and maintain a culture of reduction: energy use, waste output, water impact; balanced with maximized utilization of our human, technological, natural, and financial resources.
Protect the natural environment unwaveringly, ensuring proper use for purposes related to outdoor recreation, and preserving or rehabilitating the land over which we are stewards.
Support and reward outreach and partnerships that extend beyond all traditional boundaries, providing deeply valuable impact among our team members, and in our communities, industry, and environment for the long term.
The Foundation We've Built
As of 2021, our parent company, Boyne Resorts committed to a Renewable Energy Credits purchase that entirely offsets electric energy consumption at its North American resorts and facilities. As a result, our family of resorts will achieve 100% renewable energy as of the 2020/21 winter season. Working towards more efficient energy use right here on-property, we've converted to mostly LED lighting, and are installing high-efficiency equipment where possible. Plus, we've partnered with Tradewater so that guests can also chip in to offset their travels!
As a lakefront resort, water is at the forefront of our lifestyle. We have taken action to reduce our consumption of water within our golf divisions with a reduction of watering on the greens, and halting of watering on certain natural areas of the courses. Our practices have resulted in a 60% reduction in water use equal to 5,742,000 gallons a year. We have also implemented self-serve water stations on our golf courses, replacing bottled water use, contributing to a reduction in waste. Here at the hotel, we encourage our overnight guests to use towels and linens more than once to reduce water conusmption through laundry.
Reduce & Recycle
We’ve taken a long look at measures to reduce our contribution to landfills, and in doing so, have taken steps that will have a lasting impact. A recent installation of shower dispensers has eliminated our use of small plastic shower toiletry bottles, and we participate in Clean the World, a hotel recycling program that gives new life to partially used bar soaps, lotions, and containers and diverts them from the trash. In our food and beverage divisions, we’ve completely eliminated the standard use of plastic water bottles at our golf courses, and moved to utilizing greener options for food and beverage containers, including recycled carryout bags, compostable carryout containers, and plant-based and compostable straws. From our resort recycling bins to encouraging guests to recyle within bins placed in each hotel room, the Inn is committed to recycling as much as possible.
Uphold Natural Beauty
From our Adopt a Highway participation, to partnering with Tip of the Mitt Watershed council, the Inn is committed to keeping our surrounding area clean, beautiful, and bouncing back from human impact. We’re always searching for new ways to be of service to our local community.
Fueled By Change
Another facet of our resort’s fight against greenhouse gasses is reducing fuel usage at our golf divisions. Fuel consumption is down by 500 gallons per year since reducing fairway mowing to twice per week during the golf season. Plus, in switching to polymer-coated fertilizers, the amount of Nitrous Oxide released into the air from our courses is reduced and slowed.
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ForeverProject is an initiative of Inn at Bay Harbor's parent company, Boyne Resorts. Understanding the dire need to place greater focus on reducing its carbon footprint, Boyne Resorts’ plans and execution will continue to evolve and also include sustainable practices related to waste reduction, reuse of materials, and limiting impact to the treasured land, habitats, and natural resources at its resorts.