Flag House Inn B&B
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26 Randall St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Central Maryland
410-280-2721
www.flaghouseinn.com
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To decrease landfill use and waste of natural resources.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Bill & Charlotte Schmickle, owners
bulletSet Annual Goals: Keeping up to date with current events concerning energy savings through print, visual and audio media.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We replace current light bulbs with CFL bulbs when needed. Purchase energy efficient appliances on an as needed basis.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
Guest Rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments - (cream and sugar, etc.) in bulk
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
Buildings and Grounds
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletReuse paint thinners
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
Recycling
Recycling bins in parking area.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletOther: We recycle partially used bars of soap to a mission that turns the used soaps into new bars and send them to Africa. We recycle partially used shampoo tubes to local charities (e.g. Salvation Army)
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
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Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
Lighting:
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletUse ceiling fans
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain staff on the process for optional linen service
bulletHave water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
Measurable Results
The cumulative decreases of our energy upgrades (two new AC units, replacing failed incandescent light bulbs with CFL bulbs) has saved an average of 20% per annum on our energy use. Our recycling program has decreased our landfill trash output to one can per week vs. 3-4 previously.