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Pinehurst Inn honors Earth Day 2013

April 22nd, 2013 by Nancy Sandstrom

Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day Fouinder

U.S. Senator and Earth Day Founder Gaylord Nelson was a visionary and lifelong environmental activist.

“The wealth of the nation is its air, water, soil, forests, minerals, rivers, lakes, oceans, scenic beauty, wildlife habitats and biodiversity… that’s all there is. That’s the whole economy. That’s where all the economic activity and jobs come from. These biological systems are the sustaining wealth of the world.” Gaylord Nelson

Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, was an amazing man. His original intent with the first Earth Day in 1970 focused on education – a “teach-in” of sorts that would provide scientific, factual information as a basis of discussion. Discussion about how our actions are impacting the earth, the animals, the air, the water – and our fellow human beings. The messages continue today. The messages also appear to be becoming more critical as we face changing climate, weather extremes and potential crisis with water and energy systems.

As we created our business at Pinehurst Inn, we realized that we had an opportunity. That opportunity was to not only find ways to save energy & water (thereby saving money!), but also to find ways that support our local economy while also enhancing the guest experience. That opportunity was also to gently let our guests know what we are doing and why. Not to convince them to come over to our way of living or thinking, but to simply plant the seed. Hopefully everyone who comes through our doors sees or reads something of interest, some action or product that they find interesting. Perhaps we are simply trying to start the discussion – our own ongoing “teach-in”.

At least, that’s our goal. Now we simply say to all our guests, friends and peers: Happy Earth Day. May every day be Earth Day as we all move forward to to take baby steps to ensure future generations will find our natural world in a state that will support and grow the global economy. And let us all say a quiet “Thank You” to Gaylord Nelson, a very wise man.

Steps for a Greener Holiday

November 22nd, 2010 by Nancy Sandstrom

Photo from EarthEasy.com

Holidays are filled with traditions. It may be useful to simply think about ways to build on those traditions in new, more sustainable ways. And it’s our guess that these steps might add significant quality to your holiday celebration. Some ideas for greener holidays from Eartheasy.com:

  • Buy Less. Give more while spending less. Here are ideas for how to give greener gifts.
  • Buy Smart – think “green”. Look for locally made gifts, gifts made from recycled sources, or gifts produced by sustainable companies. Consider re-gifting!
  • Connect with Nature. Start a family tradition of giving back to the earth and instilling the values of sustainable living to your children, friends and community. Take a hike or snowshoe. Participate in the Annual Bird Count in your area.
  • Lower the impact of Holiday Lighting. Consider the size of your lighting display as well as the light sources. Explore LED lights that use up to 95% less energy than the traditional larger lights.
  • Choose a live tree. Live trees, on the other hand, are a renewable resource grown on tree farms, that are replanted regularly. They contribute to air quality while growing, and almost ninety percent are recycled into mulch. Live trees are usually locally grown and sold, saving both transportation costs and added air pollution. Live trees also smell like Christmas!

For more ideas, we suggest Eartheasy.com – a great side providing simple and understandable information on this topic and more.

Please share with us how you’ve altered your holiday traditions to honor both the holiday and the earth!

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