Eco-Friendly Lodging in Saranac Lake
Two of our Saranac Lake Area lodging properties have achieved Audubon International Platinum 5 Leaf Status, the highest Eco Lodging rating in North America. Congratulations to Gauthier's Saranac Lake Inn of Saranac Lake and Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge in Lake Clear.
Three Adirondack High Peaks Lodging Properties Awarded 5 Leaf Audubon Platinum Status
Adirondacks, New York- (November, 2012)- Gauthier's Saranac Lake Inn and Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge achieved Audubon International Platinum 5 Leaf Status, the highest Eco Lodging rating in North America. This award is reserved only for properties who have met stringent guidelines in energy conservation, natural resource preservation, guest education and outreach. The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid, attained Platinum 5 Leaf certification in 2009.
"With only six total properties Nationwide attaining this lofty designation, it is truly remarkable three are located within 15 miles of each other," said Fredrik Realbuto, Green Lodging Program Director, Audubon International. "We believe these three facilities will act as a catalyst and example to be replicated throughout the region, the state, and the country."
"Our focus is to provide an exceptional experience for our guests, including the integration of our Green Initiatives into their sojourn," said Nicole Brownell, Director of Marketing-Co Owner, Gauthier's Saranac Lake Inn. "It is an honor to be recognized for our environmental standards, and further, a compliment to be among two hospitality properties so committed to the region and industry's sustainability standard."
Audubon International offers a rigorous third party certification program for lodging in the United States and Canada. Properties participating undergo a detailed written exam on all of their practices. After completion of the exam, a site visit is conducted by an Audubon representative, with each area of thoroughly reviewed. Renewal for the program is yearly, and educational material is offered to help improve practices.
"Offering a unique program for healthy and sustainable foods to both our guest's and community is a staple of our Lodge," Said Cathy Hohmeyer, Owner and Executive Chef, Lake Clear Lodge and Retreat. "Our three properties are unique themselves, providing and individual green acquaintance for all of those who come to the Adirondacks."