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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.

Ranch wide policies support our Sustainability Mission by:

  • 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 100% recycled paper products
  • purchasing compostable paper hot cups and food containers
  • purchasing reusable picnic silverware and plate ware for up to 200 guests
  • using toxin free and natural cleaners
  • using reusable linens
  • composting all non-protein based foods
  • using single stream recycling
  • converting all kitchen lights to efficient fluorescents
  • changing out bulbs with CFL's when burned out
  • limited use for single use service ware
  • installing low flow dishwashers and sink sprayers
  • reusable glasses, plates, silverware, coffee cups and service ware in event areas
  • 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 100% recycled paper products
  • using toxin free and natural cleaners
  • replacing equipment based on a life cycle system
  • using fire places for heat in some accommodations
  • using reclaimed woods and metals for other projects
  • using single stream recycling
  • replacing old water heaters with tankless water heaters
  • changing out bulbs with CFL's when burned out
  • Converting light fixtures to energy efficient fixtures

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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