Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa was re-designated a Silver Certified Green Lodging Property by Audubon International. This non-profit environmental education organization is dedicated to providing people with education and assistance so that they practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. The Green Lodging Program is a five step process that includes self-evaluation, assessment, award eco-rating, verification, and continuous improvement.
The resort first achieved silver certification in 2009. In 2014, Joel Echevarria, Maintenance Manager, and Heather Coton, Executive Assistant, led the way to achieve re-certification. Gideon Putnam’s environmental highlights include single stream recycling, energy efficient lighting, linen reuse program, growing herbs on site, purchasing food from local farmers, participation in Clean the World, and annual Earth Day celebration.
“We are committed to responsible stewardship,” said General Manager, Robert Berrey. “Our environmental practices are guided by Delaware North’s GreenPath® program, an ISO 14001, internationally registered environmental management system. We are proud to receive a Silver Certification from Audubon International, whose areas of focus are right in-line with our current practices.”
Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa is one of 64 Audubon International Certified Green Lodging Properties, and it is one of 30 properties to hold the Silver Certification rating. Certified properties are rated in the categories of Communication and Education; Waste Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling; Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, and Indoor Air Quality. To earn certification, all properties receive a site visit by an Audubon International staff member and undergo a recertification process every three years.
“The Gideon Putnam is an integral part of the Saratoga Springs community, and they are doing their part to improve their environmental impact and serve as a model for environmental stewardship,” said Katie Hopkins, Associate Director of Outreach & Communications at Audubon International.