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It's Easy to be Green at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!
With our all natural mineral hot spring tubs tiered on the hillside in the courtyard, The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city.
All the Comforts of Home and More at the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs!
Recently, while picking up some supplies for the hotel, the cashier realized where I was from, and began gushing about the Box Canyon Lodge.
To be considered for the Seal of Approval and earn a listing in the annual National Green Pages™, businesses complete a rigorous screening process to ensure they meet Green America’s standards for the environment, community and labor.
Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is known for its unique natural hot springs hot tubs which are terraced on the mountainside, and guests love these natural hot springs. But, this Ouray Colorado hotel also uses their geothermal resources to heat their domestic water supply and to heat the entire property. The Box Canyon Lodge shows exemplary concern and corporate practices for people and planet; they recycle, work with environmentally conscious suppliers, and listen to their workers.
“We are over the top excited to earn this coveted Seal of Approval,” said Karen Avery, owner of the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs. “It’s one of the most respected and recognized symbols in the green marketplace and a powerful way to set our Ouray CO hotel apart as a leading green hotel.”
Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is now an Approved member of the Green Business Network, a distinguished and celebrated group of companies that use their products and services as a vehicle for social and environmental change.
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The Green Business Network (GBN) offers a vibrant community of over 4,000 environmentally and socially responsible businesses, the oldest and largest of its kind in the US. GBN is powered by Green America, a non-profit whose mission is to harness the economic power of consumers and businesses to create a more just and sustainable economy. More information on GBN can be found at www.greenbusinessnetwork.org and for more on the Seal of Approval, click on “Get the Seal.”
More on Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs:
The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is located in southwestern Colorado along the San Juan Skyway scenic and historic byway. Situated on a side street in the picturesque village of Ouray, this green hotel strives to provide a wonderful experience for Ouray's visitors as well as provide an environmentally friendly lodging experience. Read more about their green commitment at their website: www.BoxCanyonOuray.com/green-initiatives/
Every month, we track our natural gas usage in our facility. Rich does a meticulous job of highlighting our natural gas usage every month. Let me share some examples of the impact we have seen since taking over our little hot springs property in Ouray, Colorado. We used a total of 355 Therms (a Therm is 100 Cubic Feet) of natural gas in July 2010. In July 2007, our third month of hotel ownership, we used 1062 Therms, nearly a 70% reduction in natural gas usage during our tenure here. How did our little Southwest Colorado hotel make such a substantial difference in gas usage? We began heating all of the water used in guest rooms with our geothermal resources. We even added a guest laundry during this time period with two gas dryers and that additional usage was not factored out when computing our savings. If you take a month like January where the tempertures can hover near zero degrees even on very sunny days and where we must heat our facilities, we can see great savings as well. In January 2007, the Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs consumed 2259 therms while in January 2010, our motel used 1059 therms. Other factors influence gas consumption in winter months including overall temperatures as well as occupancy but we see this reduction of 53% as a substantial reduction. Some additional steps we took that we attribute to saving this much gas include new attic insulation, measurements and gauges that monitor performance (we notice inconsistencies much faster), and more energy efficient doors. Currently, we want to find a way to reduce gas usage even more but we are currently short on ideas. In July, the only culprit for gas usage are the dryers in the laundry. We have already purchased and installed two Continental Girbau extractors that leave laundry less wet than conventional machines. We have asked our guests to participate in a towel and linen program to help with volume where possible. What other conservation methods can we implement to save more natural gas? We would love to hear from you!
Once the Box Canyon Lodge had addressed the initial obstacles of the geothermal project, the project team was able to move forward towards a greener solution.
We received a USDA renewable energy grant in 2009 so that we could exploit our geothermal resources even more fully. Here is a description of the project that we completed. The project involved modifications for five different areas, the first step being the most critical to the success of the project.