Rachael's Dowry Bed & Breakfast
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637 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
Central Maryland
410-752-0805
www.Rachaelsdowrybedandbreakfast.com
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The primary purpose in creating Rachael's Dowry Bed and Breakfast was to preserve an historic house.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Owners, Norman Finnance and Letitia Bohner and Jacob Canal. We work together daily with monthly reviews of policies and procedures to insure maintenance of our environmental standards.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Our inn is inspected by the health department and fire department. We use the timing of these inspections to review our environmental policies. By adhering to our policies, we keep our maintenance and product budgets in line.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Building materials-salvage, furniture- antique or used, cleaning products, "green," vinegar, Simple Green, Gilchrist & Soames, etc...
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Rachael's participates in the Ridgely's Delight clean-ups, maintains clean gutters and street drains.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletPerformed a waste stream audit to determine baseline waste data and identify waste reduction opportunities
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
bulletUse refillable shampoo bottles rather than single-use bottles
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletDo not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery or cups
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
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
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletLaunder staff uniforms using wet or other environmentally friendly methods versus chemical-based dry cleaning
Restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletOffer Leave No Trace tips and green travel education to guests
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletInstall carpet with sustainable or recycled content
bulletUse low VOC adhesives
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
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
bulletUse integrated pest management - IPM
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
bulletUse composted production materials for fertilizer
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletWe have a system of creating a hole in the garden area with a post hole digger, then filling it with food waste.
Recycling
Guest room trash is collected and separated daily. Guests may bring their recyclables to staff at any time.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFood Composting
bulletFood Wastes
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletBaltimore City, Office Depot
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletDefrost foods ahead of time in refrigerators to avoid the need for running-water defrost
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletaerators on faucets (0.5 gpm or less for lavatory and 2.2 gpm or less for kitchen faucets)
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bullettankless hot water heaters
bulletan air-cooled versus a water-cooled icemaker
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletminimizes lawn areas
bulletlandscaping using BayScapes techniques
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletRain gardens
bulletPervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas like paving, concrete, etc
bulletUse rain barrels
bulletUse drip line irrigation
bulletCollecting wash-down water and using for irrigation
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
Kitchen
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletImplemented a startup / shutdown procedure which specifies timing for lighting, kitchen equipment, room temperature, etc.
bulletHave proper pilot light adjustment
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:room lighting
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave programmable thermostats for each room and ensure they are properly adjusted
bulletHave a centrally controlled HVAC system that is activated only when occupied
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletHave a solar water heating system
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
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
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletLine dry items whenever possible
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Owners live on-site and employee walks to work.
For guests:
bulletEncourage energy efficient vehicle usage
Green Building:
Our building is LEED certified:
bulletHistoric Property:Rachael's Dowry is an historic property. Restoration followed the Dept. of Interior Standards.
bulletSustainable Building Materials:We are strong advocates for use of salvaged building materials.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics regarding our Green Building techniques:
bulletBuilding parts that become damaged are usually broken down to re-use the good components, such as glass from window sashes.
Other:
bulletPrograms:We are enrolled in an energy reduction program with BG&E.
Measurable Results
1) We have a Solid Waste Recycling Rate of more than 50%; 2) We divert approximately 1.5 tons of recyclables from the landfill each year; 3) We compost approximately 210 lbs of food wastes per year (based on conversion of food wastes of 1 gal = 0.8lbs) (Source: http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/tools/recmeas/docs/guide_b.pdf); and, 4) We have $900 per year in energy savings (or approx 90,000 kWh per year).