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NC GreenTravel program reaches three-digit milestone


RALEIGH – A state environmental program recently recognized North Carolina’s 100 th tourism business for its use of sustainable practices that save energy and protect the environment.

The NC GreenTravel Initiative now boasts 100 sustainable tourism-oriented businesses with the recent addition of theUptown Greenville Umbrella Market, a farmer’s market in the Pitt County town that features locally-grown food and uses a refurbished trolley to shuttle people for free to the market from outlying areas in eastern North Carolina.

“On top of being a gorgeous place to live and visit, North Carolina is ideal for those who want to travel green,” said John Skvarla, secretary of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. “The NC GreenTravel Initiative has made people more aware of sustainable, travel-oriented businesses that make sound investments in sustainability. These businesses are a vital part of our efforts to protect the environment and encourage economic growth.”

NC GreenTravel started in October 2011 to promote sustainable travel. Tourism-focused businesses, including hotels and state parks, apply and are selected for the program by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University, N.C. Department of Commerce and the Waste Reduction Partners. Applicants are selected based on a grading system in which they earn points for different environmentally-friendly practices they use to conserve energy and water, reduce waste, recycle and help protect the environment.

Research has shown that sustainable businesses protect the environment and reduce operating costs and are more profitable without sacrificing guests’ comfort. NC GreenTravel businesses receive a certificate of recognition, a door decal and a listing on the NC GreenTravel website: . Businesses that are a part of or aspire to become part of NC GreenTravel are eligible for free, non-regulatory environmental technical assistance. Applying to the program is free.

“We know our tourism economy depends upon the protection of our nationally recognized travel offerings,” said Pat Long, director of Center for Sustainability at East Carolina University. “It will only be enhanced by sending a clear message that North Carolina tourism providers are working hard to limit energy and water use, reduce waste generation, and still provide the quality vacation and business travel experience travelers have become accustomed to.”

The following list includes some businesses that have earned a spot as NC GreenTravel members:

· The Old Edwards Inn in Highlands estimates they save $5,800 dollars a year in labor costs associated with switching from using incandescent bulbs to CFL and LED bulbs. In the past, the inn changed about 200 incandescent light bulbs every month. By no longer spending an average of 20 minutes changing bulbs, the Old Edwards Inn estimates that it’s saving 4,000 minutes per month, or roughly $5,800 a year.

· Central Carolina Community College Natural Chef Café features sustainable meals prepared by students enrolled in the CCCC Culinary Arts Continuing Education and Curriculum programs. The students compost food waste, use biodegradable dishes and work in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building in Pittsboro.

· The North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro established a two-acre compost site to handle almost all its animal and plant waste. This change has generated a savings of more than $160,000 a year. The zoo has also seen cost and energy savings by putting in place a biodiesel processing project for its buses and trams, and mounting solar panels that each year produce 135,000 kilowatt hours of electricity for the zoo.

A list of all NC GreenTravel businesses are included in the following pages or can be found on the program’s website at: .To learn more, visit .


NC GreenTravel Applications
Name of Business City County
Old Edwards Inn Highlands Macon County
King's Daughters Inn Durham Durham County
Posana Café Asheville Buncombe County
Ninth St Bakery Durham Durham County
The Inn of the Patriots Grover Cleveland County
Tupelo Honey South Asheville Buncombe County
Tupelo Honey Downtown Asheville Buncombe County
Highland Lake Inn Flat Rock Henderson County
The Cantina Asheville Buncombe County
Red Wolf Cabin Fletcher Henderson County
Black Bear Cabin Black Mountain Buncombe County
Hidden Pond Alexander Buncombe County
CCCC Natural Chef Café Pittsboro Chatham County
Museum of Life & Science Durham Durham County
Waverly Inn Asheville Buncombe County
White Gate Inn Asheville Buncombe County
Sunny Point Café Asheville Buncombe County
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne Charlotte Mecklenburg County
Casa Rustica Boone Watauga County
Pepper's Restaurant & Bar Boone Watauga County
Proximity Hotel Greensboro Guilford County
Print Works Bistro Greensboro Guilford County
Makoto's Japanese Steak House Boone Watauga County
Grandfather Mountain Linville Avery County
Holiday Inn Express Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Candlewood Suites Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Canyon's Restaurant Blowing Rock Watauga County
Inn on Main Street Weaverville Buncombe County
Aloft Re:fuel Charlotte Mecklenburg County
Asheville Green Cottage Asheville Buncombe County
Chick-fil-A Raleigh Wake County
Fairfield Inn Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Green Park Inn Blowing Rock Watauga County
Inn at Celebrity Dairy Siler City Chatham County
The Umstead Hotel & Spa Cary Wake County
Cape Hatteras B&B Buxton Dare County
Home 2 Suites Jacksonville Onslow County
Baymont Inn & Suites Jacksonville Onslow County
Village Wayside Bar & Grill Asheville Buncombe County
Adawehi Wellness Retreat Columbus Polk County
Beechtree Inn Hertford Hertford Perquimans County
Towne Place Suites Jacksonville Onslow County
Quality Inn Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Gorges State Park Sapphire Transylvania County
Native Kitchen & Social Pub Swannanoa Buncombe County
Plant Asheville Buncombe County
New River State Park Laurel Springs Ashe/Alleghany Counties
Hampton Inn Hendersonville Hendersonville Henderson County
Pittsboro Road House & General Store Pittsboro Chatham County
Super 8 Motel Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Comfort Suites Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Brewed Awakenings Jacksonville Onslow County
South Mountains State Park Connelly Springs Burke County
Deerwoode Lodge & Cabins Brevard Transylvania County
Elk Knob State Park Todd Watauga County
N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knolls Shores Pine Knoll Shores Carteret County
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge Charlotte Mecklenburg County
The Gallery Restaurant Charlotte Mecklenburg County
Big Mill Bed & Breakfast Williamston Martin County
The Market Place Asheville Buncombe County
Appalachian Mountain Brewery Boone Watauga County
Melange Bed & Breakfast Hendersonville Henderson County
The Cabins at White Sulphur Springs Mt. Airy Surry County
N.C. Zoological Park Asheboro Randolph County
Lake James Cellars Glen Alpine Burke County
The Daily Planet Café Raleigh Wake County
Hampton Inn & Suites Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Hungry Town Bike Tours Beaufort Carteret County
Chimney Rock State Park Chimney Rock Rutherford County
Sleep Inn & Suites Jacksonville Jacksonville Onslow County
Hilton Garden Inn UMC Durham Durham Durham County
Hanna House New Bern Craven County
Holiday Inn Express Spring Lake Spring Lake Cumberland County
Jennette's Pier Nags Head Dare County
Raven Rock State Park Lillington Harnett County
Earth & Surf Fest. Jacksonville Onslow County
Hampton Inn Spring Lake Spring Lake Cumberland County
I-26 Welcome Center Mars Hill Mars Hill Madison County
Hanging Rock State Park Danbury Stokes County
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Kure Beach New Hanover County
Palm Coast Tours New Bern Craven County
Falls Lake State Park Wake Forest Wake County
Festival of the Eno Durham Durham County
Grandfather Mountain State Banner Elk Watauga County
Lake Waccamaw State Park Lake Waccamaw Columbus County
Medoc Mountain State Park Hollister Halifax County
Singletary Lake State Park Kelly Bladen County
Sustainable Foothills Lenoir Caldwell County
Merchants Millpond State Park Gatesville Gates County
Caldwell Chamber of Commerce Lenoir Caldwell County
Crowders Mountain State Park Kings Mountain Gaston County
Hampton Inn Swansboro Swansboro Onslow County
Meadowbrook Inn Blowing Rock Watauga County
Wilson Creek Visitor Center Collettsville Caldwell County
I-26 East Welcome Center Columbus Polk County
Millpond Day Festival Gatesville Gates County
Roanoke Island Festival Park Manteo Dare County
I-95 North NC Welcome Center Pleasant Hill Northampton
I-77 North Welcome Center Dobson Surry County
Uptown Greenville Umbrella Market Greenville Pitt County

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