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Have you heard? The world is going green! Green Practices

You would have to be pretty isolated to have not noticed the current trend toward eco-friendly and sustainable practices, it seems everybody’s “going green” these days. At Sylvan Dale we think that’s a good thing. As passengers aboard this great spaceship we call planet Earth, we feel an obligation to do our part to help keep its engine running smoothly and recognize the reality that everything we do has an impact, large or small, good or bad, on our environment, and ultimately on our health.

Green Practices

We're not "Going Green," we've been green! We are not Going Green, we've been green!

Since 1946, "green" practices have been integral to the Ranch. As children of the Great Depression, our parents knew what it meant to “recycle”—nothing was ever thrown away. Mom even reused plastic bags and tin foil! Dad put things in storage; “We'll use that some day!” he'd say. When aluminum became a commodity we gathered cans to recycle. Some of you might remember the sign: “Pitch in for Tillie's roses.” The ‘can money' went to Mom and she would buy flowers to beautify the Ranch grounds. In the 1990's we made a big commitment to "green" by initiating conservation easements on our land. To date, we've preserved over 1700 acres of foothill views and wildlife habitat.

We've been green since the beginning and we will continue to follow the example our parents set to preserve and protect our little piece of paradise. It's gratifying that the values we've held for years, doing the right thing, striving for energy efficiency, water conservation, and promoting other sustainable practices has become so popular and important in today's world.

We feel great about our eco-friendly ranch practices and are confident you'll notice the difference "green" makes when you visit us. We invite you to join us for your next green getaway or ecotourism lodge experience.

Susan Jessup
2nd generation owner

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Sustainability Mission Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Sustainability Mission

"To apply practices in our daily work routine that support a sustainable operation in harmony with the natural environment through the principles of ‘Reduce-Reuse-Recycle’."

Awards Awards

2008 Environmental Business Award

In January 2009, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch was selected to win the 2008 Environmental Business Award for Small Members by the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, who made the choice from applications submitted by twelve businesses. The award was based on Sylvan Dale's outstanding efforts to enhance the environmental performance of the organization. Criteria included improvements in the areas of: Recycling and Solid-Waste Reductions, Education and Advocacy, Conscientious Purchasing, Green Building, Conservation, Elimination of Toxic Materials, Indoor Environmental Quality, Counter Global Warming, Natural and Habitat Protection and Unique Efforts.

2008 Conservationist of the Year

The Big Thompson Conservation District named Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch the 2008 Conservationist of the Year for the Upper South Platte Watershed. The annual award acknowledges one Larimer County landowner who has utilized techniques that conserve land and water.

Certifications Certifications

Green Hotel Association

In December of 2008, Sylvan Dale became a member of the Green Hotel Association. This membership certifies Sylvan Dale as a practicing green business, committed to operating in ways that assure the protection and conservation of our natural resources. Look for the Green Hotel Association flags at our ranch entry gate, you'll often see us proudly displaying them!

GenGreenLife

Sylvan Dale has received Gold Level certification, the highest level of approval available, from GenGreenLife which owns the largest green directory in North America and partners with National Geographic, Eco Broker and 9News.com to share information about green and sustainable businesses and conservation-centered lifestyles.

Frequently Asked Questions about Green Practices at our Ranch Frequently Asked Questions about Green Practices at our Ranch

Is the establishment committed to Sustainable Practices from the CEO on down?

Our "green practices" started in 1946 when Maurice and Mayme Jessup purchased Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch. The present second-generation owners, David and Susan Jessup, have continued and expanded the stewardship of the land and its resources to minimize our impact on the planet. Today the entire staff is committed to our mission to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Does the Company have a sustainability Mission Statement?

Our Sustainability Mission Statement was initiated by our staff and is as follows:

To apply practices in our daily work routine that supports a sustainable operation in harmony with the natural environment through the principle of "Reduce - Reuse – Recycle".

Are guest accommodations supplied with low-flow sink aerators and low-flow shower heads?

Yes they are! Our rooms also have signage encouraging guest to reuse linens and towels to eliminate unnecessary washing and we turn down water heaters to conserve energy when the cabins are vacant.

Does the company have a recycling program?

We have an extensive recycling system for all areas of the ranch and recycle everything from plastics, paper, aluminum (and other metals), electronics, wood, cardboard. Even the old porcelain toilets that are being replaced with low-flow units are recycled! Basically, if we can't find a way to use it, we pass it along to someone who can, or it gets recycled.

Are re-usables used in the service of Foods and Beverages?

We serve all food and beverages with reusable service ware. To reduce the risk of litter we do not supply bottled water and we recommend that guests bring their own reusable water bottles. We do offer water bottles for sale in our gift shop.

Is non-reusable service-ware recyclable or compostable?

Yes. We supply compostable cups, plates, napkins, and plastic ware when necessary and then compost them on-site. Since Polystyrene is extremely unhealthy in nature, a known carcinogenic and leading contributor to landfill waste, we do not use Styrofoam on ranch.

Are chemicals used in cleaning and maintaining the property non-toxic and natural?

We are committed to using only environmentally friendly and bio-degradable cleaning solutions.

Are disposable paper products used in restrooms 100% recycled?

Absolutely!

Does the property have composting?

Sylvan Dale composts all non-protein based foods and compostable service ware, along with manure from our livestock and grass clippings from grounds. We spread the finished nutrient-rich compost on our lawns and flower beds.

Does your Food and Beverage department purchase local or organic products?

Yes, we are committed to using local and Colorado produce and all-natural or organic meats whenever possible. We purchase many ingredients, including Colorado wines and brews from local vendors. We serve fair-trade coffee and teas. We often serve our own all-natural, grass-fed Heart J Beef.

Are meeting rooms provided with windows for natural lighting and fresh air?

All of our meeting rooms have large windows with magnificent views to our natural mountain setting. Balconies, porches, and outside gathering areas are ideal for "blue sky break-out" sessions. Surrounding lawns and thousands of acres of open lands are available for team-building activities and relaxation.

Is the property committed to conserving energy?

We are continually in the process of replacing all incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs or LED lighting and converting all lighting fixtures to low-energy devices. Both CFL and LED lighting use substantially less energy and have a longer rated service life than incandescent, and we purchase wind energy monthly. We use motion sensors in public restrooms and are installing programmable thermostats in event areas.

Does the property offer a Carbon Offset Program?

We are in the process of developing a program to offer carbon offsets to guests, from their front door to ours and back by using Sylvan Dale's conservation lands as a carbon-sink. Currently, wind energy can be purchased directly through Sylvan Dale.

Sustainable Practices at Sylvan Dale Ranch Sustainable Practices at Sylvan Dale Ranch

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch Sustainability Mission:

To apply practices in our daily work routine that support a sustainable operation in harmony with the natural environment through the principles of Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.

How Ranch wide policies support our Sustainability Mission:

  • placing 60% of our 3,200 acres in land trust conservation easements
  • working with local and national conservation groups for wildlife and habitat protection
  • purchasing wind energy
  • remodeling cabins & building for better energy efficiency

The Food and Beverage Department contributes to our Sustainability Mission by:

  • purchasing local products when available
  • purchasing natural and organic meats and vegetables
  • purchasing recycled paper products
  • purchasing compostable paper cups and food containers
  • using toxin free and natural cleaners
  • composting non-protein based foods
  • using single stream recycling
  • converting kitchen lights to efficient fluorescents
  • replacing expired incandescent bulbs
  • limiting the use of single use service ware
  • installing low flow dishwashers and sink sprayers
  • purchasing fair trade coffee and teas

Our Facilities Department contributes to our Sustainability Mission by:

  • reducing towel and linen usage by posting signs in rooms asking guests to reuse
  • installing low flow toilets when remodeling
  • installing low flow showerheads and sink aerators
  • posting signage asking guests to reduce energy usage by turning off AC and lighting when they are out of the rooms
  • installing motion sensors for lighting in the restrooms in public areas
  • installing programmable HVAC controls for the event area rooms
  • purchasing recycled paper products
  • using toxin free and natural cleaners
  • using reclaimed woods and metals for other projects
  • using single stream recycling
  • replacing expired incandescent bulbs with CFLs

Our Landscaping and Grounds Department contributes to our Sustainability Mission by:

  • using natural fertilizers and landscaping products
  • using composting materials for landscaping
  • using local and sustainable plants and flowers
  • planting a small garden for guest meals
  • composting grass and trimmings

Our Working Ranch Department contributes to our Sustainability Mission by:

  • using rotational grazing of the cattle and horses
  • using cattle and horse manures for fertilizing the pastures
  • locally selling natural and grass fed beef — Heart-J Beef
  • using a trail and land preservation program
  • using solar pumps for stock watering
  • converting to more efficient hay irrigation system
  • experimenting with windrow grazing instead of hay harvesting
  • using all organic fertilizers and soil supplements
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    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
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