The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is committed to demonstrating best practices in sustainability. A dedicated green
committee meets regularly to continue to develop ways Ballantyne can be more environmentally friendly.
Sustainable Practices Include:
• Implemented “green card,” an environmentally friendly program for guests
if they do not want to have linen changed in rooms during their stays.
This program has reduced laundry processing by 35%.
• Participate in Starwood’s Make A Green Choice (MAGC) program, rewarding
guests with SPG points if they decline housekeeping service for multiple
• Natura Water available for meetings and events.
• All rooms feature low-flow toilets.
• Use low aerator faucets in guest rooms.
• Banquets staff is serving water from pitchers and in glasses instead of
plastic bottles when requested.
• The golf course is designed with water efficient landscaping using no
• Use a private water system through four detention ponds which hold
surface water to irrigate the landscape and recaptures 70% of run off to
reuse for irrigation and main water supply purposes.
• Significant water use savings are achieved with drip irrigation, high uniformity
nozzles, planting materials and water use zones.
• Trees, shrubs and other planted materials selected are native to the area
and require low water volume to maintain. (planted over 800 trees on golf course)
• Detained run-off into pond use for irrigation at hotel and surrounding
Ballantyne Corporate Park.
• Creek stabilization project on golf course’s three creeks works to stop erosion.
• Utilize low flow automatic faucets.
• Installed 75 light sensor devices to automatically turn off lights when not
in use in certain rooms.
• Installed energy efficient lighting in guest rooms.
• Installed new energy 15 watt fluorescent bulbs in all Lodge meeting rooms
to replace 65 watt spot lamps.
• Improved efficiencies of HVAC equipment and gas sources to reduce
• Utilize two 2500E Hybrid Riding Green mowers, which result in better fuel
economy with efficient electric reel motors, reducing noise pollution and
eliminating more than 100 potential leak points. Additional hybrid landscaping
equipment used to maintain grounds includes low emissions edger,
blower and trimmer.
• Utilize electric golf carts.
• Implemented single-stream recycling program (paper, cardboard, steel,
glass, plastic, aluminum).
• Developed initiatives to reduce paper usage, including two-sided printing.
• Use paperless time and attendance system.
• Recycle printer cartridges.
• Recycle guest room keys.
• Natura Water system eliminates waste produced by traditional bottled
Pest and Disease Management
• Use low VOC paints and carpets
• Utilize natural methods to eliminate pests whenever possible.
• Limit use of fertilizers and pesticides by spot-treating, especially around
waterways, ponds and creeks versus spraying everywhere.
• When using pesticides, staff utilizes insecticides with minimal amounts
• The Golf Club is certified by Audubon International, dedicated to promoting
sustainable practices that demonstrate good stewardship of the
• In 1998, 2.5 acres of wetlands were built on the golf course to mitigate any
wetland delimitation that occurred during construction, thus promoting
aquatic and wildlife habitat on the property.
• Collected discarded Christmas trees and used them to create fish habitats
in the pond on the 17th hole.
• Golf maintenance has strategically placed 30 blue bird boxes on the
course to create bird habitats.
Contribution to Local Environment and Community
• Located within walking distance of retail shopping, over 50 restaurants,
the YMCA, walking trails, parks and ponds.
• Produce and meats are purchased locally.
• Cooking oil is recycled.
• Donate food to local food bank.
• Associates participate in monthly community service activities.
• Use environmentally friendly product for box lunches (instead of Styrofoam
• The Spa at Ballantyne uses certified organic skin care products.
• Utilize “Green Seal Guarantee” cleaning supplies to help protect indoor
• In 2007, over 350 trees were planted on the golf course and a tree nursery
was formed on undeveloped land in Ballantyne Corporate Park.
• Donate soap and shampoo to Clean the World, a non-profit hospitality
amenity recycling organization.