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

In recent years there have been some encouraging trends toward eco-friendly and sustainable practices. It seems most 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 we recognize the reality that everything is connected. Everything we do has an impact, large or small, good or bad, on our global environment, and ultimately on our personal well-being.

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 daily operations Sylvan Dale Guest 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 2400 acres of foothill views and wildlife habitat, over 75% of the Ranch.

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 to see that the values we've held for years, doing the right thing, striving for energy efficiency, water conservation, and promoting other sustainable practices, have 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 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 12 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.

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

Sylvan Dale is committed to sustainable practices in all areas of the business.

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 environmental sustainability.

Our Sustainability Mission Statement was initiated by the staff:

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
  • extensive recycling program, from Office to Cow Camp and Cedar Park. We recycle plastics, paper, aluminum (and other metals—from cans to scrap barbwire to worn-out vehicles), electronics, and wood. Even old porcelain toilets—replaced with modern low-flow units—are recycled! If we can't find a way to use it, we pass it along to someone who can, or it gets recycled
  • using the natural environment for inspiration and recreation: 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.

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 kitchen scraps and biodegradable paper products
  • using single stream recycling
  • converting kitchen lights to efficient fluorescents
  • limiting the use of single-use picnic supplies
  • 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
  • using natural lighting and ventilation in accommodations, gathering spaces, and meeting rooms
  • installing low flow toilets when remodeling
  • installing low flow showerheads and sink aerators
  • posting signage asking guests to turn down air-conditioning and turn off lighting when they are out of their rooms
  • installing motion-sensors for on-demand lighting in public restrooms
  • installing programmable HVAC controls for gathering rooms
  • purchasing recycled paper products
  • using toxin free and natural cleaners
  • reclaiming building materials 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
  • composting grass clippings and other landscaping waste
  • using compost generated on-site for landscaping
  • using local and sustainable plants and flowers
  • growing a kitchen-garden to produce greens and herbs for guest meals

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
  • raising and marketing Sylvan Dale raised grass-fed and grass-finished 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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    Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
    2939 N County RD 31D
    Loveland CO 80538
    (970) 667-3915
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