ECO-SUSTAINABLE INITIATIVES at Shaheen's Adirondack Inn
Shaheen's Adirondack Inn, a family owned and operated property, is committed to providing its guests with eco-friendly accommodations. We take pride in our modern, clean, and comfortable amenities. Our “green practices” are always in a refresh mode as we continue to look for ways to improve our efforts. As our guest, your participation is invited as we work to lessen the impact we have on our beautiful Adirondack Park. We ask your help so that we may all become better stewards of our environment. Please take a moment to check out our endeavors!
Audubon International has certified Shaheen's as a 2016 Gold property in their Green Lodging Program. Trip Advisor in 2016 also awarded Shaheen's the Gold status in its Green Leader Program. In the fall of 2011 ADKCAP highlighted Shaheen's environmental practices in a case study. Shaheen's "green" efforts were also acknowledged by the Tupper Lake Chamber of Commerce in their local "Business Spotlight."
Here at Shaheen's we can assure you we clean your room with environmentally safe products. We also use non-toxic zero VOC paint & stains in interior rooms. Phosphate free detergent is used in washing our linens and in our pool we use bromine instead of harsh chlorine.
We are involved in a waste management program which includes recycling paper, plastic, metal, tin, glass, and cardboard. Through the use of a guest recycling bin located in each room, you as our guest can join in our efforts; for this we say thanks! Shaheen's also ensures that all batteries, ink cartridges, and light bulbs are sent to appropriate collection centers. A local community repurpose center receives our gently used furniture items, linens, and mattress when we refurbish our rooms.
As a member of "Clean the World" all of our used guest soap is sent to a specific site where it is sterilized and repackaged for distribution to poor countries and those in need. We agree that basic hygiene necessities should not be a luxury.
Energy efficiency is a top priority for us. We use LED bulbs in all guest rooms, parking lot, as well as throughout the building. Even our walkway yellow bug lights are EcoBulbs! Motion sensor lights are installed in hallways and low wattage night lights in guest rooms. We recently converted our oil burning furnace with new LP propane units. Last year we realized our goal of updating the entire motel with JELD-WEN double pane windows which are Energy Star and NFRC certified. The warmth of the sun and our solar cover keeps our pool at a comfortable temperature naturally.
We can all agree that conserving water is an important responsibility. We use low flow shower heads and faucet aerators and replaced older toilets with 1.28 GPF models (these use 20% less water than 1.6 GPF). Shaheen's has their own commercial laundry facility, therefore we are diligent in using appropriate temperatures, correct water levels, and only wash and dry with full loads. Want to help? You can participate in our “Guest Reuse of Towel Program” and also opt out of daily linen changes, which save gallons of water (as well as electricity).
On a natural note, we let Mother Nature feed our lawn and we keep our flowers growing with water collected from our “Rain Barrel”. We compost our yard waste to fertilize our flowers and have planted “butterfly” friendly plants to help maintain their population and get them nourished for migration!
Our guests have given us green tips on ways to improve our eco attempts including using paper products in the breakfast area; compostable utensils, even the plastic stir strips were replaced with wooden ones. Recycled content is also considered when feasible. We purchase equipment with a “green” mindset and ensure they are energy star rated. Recent additions include washing machines, hair dryers, vacuum cleaners, AC units, micro-fridges, and computers.
We are so proud to announce that Shaheen's Adirondack Inn has a 10kWh, 40 panel Grid-Tied Rooftop Solar Panel System which lessens our dependency on "Brown Power" and curbs our electrical usage. We look forward to sunny days!
Tracking our footsteps by analyzing past data and recording our present usage will give us the facts and figures we need to determine how we can improve our efforts. We will continue to work to educate ourselves in positive environmental practices.
Getting the most from the environment is easy, but giving back is harder.... it takes personal commitment. Each of us can make a difference. Whether it be here in the awesome Adirondack Mountains or in your own beautiful community, take the step and become part of the solution to preserve our environment for future generations.