We continually make efforts to expand a Green footprint and reduce carbon reliance for our property. We accomplish this through our efforts of purchasing green generated power and the use of green produced and non-petroleum based cleaning materials including guest amenities with recyclable containers. We recycle guest beverage containers and paper waste, recycle paper and office paper/supplies. We continually reduce the reliance on paper cleaning products, and purchase bulk cleaning supplies. Our purchasing additionally focuses on guest linens with microfibre content that require shorter laundry drying times, the origination of power (100% wind purchased power), and high efficiency devices for heating water for accomplishing our laundry activities.
Management and Leadership
Environment Policy Statement
- Environmental Team: Single Person Owned establishment. Reviews of consumption done monthly and quarterly.
- Set Annual Goals: Monthly reviewing energy and water usage to ensure reductions are occurring in usage. Reviews of Products for details on their production, contents and recycle qualities. Examine grocery buying habits to ensure local growers are used as much as possible.
- Environmentally Preferable Procurement or Purchasing Policy: Comphy Micro fiber bed linens - require 50% laundry dry time than traditional cotton fabrics, contain recycled materials and can be recycled. Gilchrist and Soames guest soaps and lotions which have no petroleum based products with recycled containers. Room cleaning done with cotton towels to reduce reliance on paper in cleaning. Local Farmers Market utilized for local produced products. Energy and water efficient washers used to reduce consumption of power, water and detergents. High efficiancy water heaters for supplying guest rooms and operations. Set back thermometers for heating and cooling. 100% wind generated electric purchased.
- Environmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Responsible care
Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Recycling Best Practices:
- Aluminum Cans
- Steel Cans
- Office Paper
- Printer and copy machine toner cartridges
- Packing Supplies
- Fluorescent Lamps
- Electronics equipment
- Guests are provided the opportunity to Recycle: Recycle cans in rooms. Trash separated to recycle disposed of items disposed.
- Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling: Remove the need to recycle plastic water bottles by providing UV Filtered water station for guest consumption.
- Waste Reduction Best Practices:
- Track overall waste bills
- Have a numeric goal to reduce overall materials that go to the landfill
- Use bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
- Instruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
- Use real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods
- Purchase organic- and 'sustainably-grown' foods
- Do not use polystyrene coffee cups
- When disposable containers are used, they are made from bio-based materials, recycled content
- and/or compostable material
- Use reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
- Use non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
- Use water pitches and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
- Print menus on recycled 'FSC-certified', recycled-content paper with vegetable-based inks and include recycling symbols, recycled-content
- and include a message about the inks.
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
- Make 2-sided copies / printed materials
- Use electronic correspondence and forms
- Using 'green' cleaning chemicals that are dispensed in bulk
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture
- Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
- Use reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
- Use less toxic materials
- Use 'integrated pest management' -IPM-
- Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides in landscaping
- Use a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
- Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction: We focus our paint buying on water based products if at all possible. We collect toxic chemicals and old paint for disposal at Baltimore City Toxic Chemical Removal Days held twice per year. We have re-purposed fixtures and storage units for support and use in Back office operations rather than sending them to the trash bin.
Linen and Laundry Service:
- Provide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
- Train house cleaners on process for optional linen service
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
- Use non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents.
- Minimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals.
- Use linens service providers that employ 'wet' versus 'dry' cleaning
- Use Micro Fiber linens to reduce dry times.
- Have a plan in place to reduce property water usage
- Track overall water usage and wastewater
- Have a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
- Have: high efficiency dishwashers
- low flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
- low flow toilets
- waterless urinals
- composting toilets
- automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms.
- Discourage water-based cleanup, i.e. like sweep first, and use microfiber technology mops
- Developed landscaping using 'BayScapes' techniques
- Pervious pavement, and/or minimization of impervious areas - paving, concrete, etc
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
- Have a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
- Track overall energy bills
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
- Have an 'energy management system' in place to track and meter energy usage
- High efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting
- LED Exit Signs
- High efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
- Ceiling fans
- Have a high efficiency heating and air conditioning HVAC system
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
- Have installed additional insulation
- Designed use of natural lighting
- Purchase of ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc.
- Have thermal-rated windows and insulation
- Use of directional
- downward-facing lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
- Calculate the pollution factor of our energy usage by using a pollution calculator
- Use fuel efficient vehicles or hybrid vehicles
- Emergency signs and guest room night lights
Green Conferences and Events:
- Subscribe to Green Lodging electronic news letters and LEED publications
- An element of the decor at the Blue Door are our reclaimed wide plank Georgia Pine floors throughout the home. This reduces our need for installed carpet, making for a clean and alergy free environment for our guests.
- The Blue Door on Baltimore is a restored Baltimore Rowhouse- 1907 built. We continually strive to bring back elements into the house to their original design. House has two original cast Bath Tubs and original wood modlings. We are members of Authentic Baltimore for the preservation of historic architecture and information within Baltimore City.
Reduce linen laundry drying time by 40% by using Micro fiber sheets. Reduce reliance on Fossil Fuel generated electricity by 100% by purchasing Wind generated electricity. Remove reliance on Plastic bottled water by 100% by using filtered water units in property.