We Compost It! - An Environmental Initiative
By Nicki Noble Bean Director of Marketing, The Nonantum Resort | May 15, 2016
The Nonantum Resort is located right on the water in Kennebunkport, Maine – just a half mile from Dock Square, and an easy scenic stroll or bike ride up Ocean Avenue to Walker's Point, summer home of the Bushes. Situated on the Kennebunk River, with the breakwater and the ocean within view, the resort has its own lighthouse and an array of classic Adirondack chairs set out on its spacious back lawn – making it an idyllic coastal retreat.
Built in 1883 by a local sea captain, and opened on July 4, 1884, the Nonantum kicks off its 132nd season of operation by welcoming guests to a property steeped in history and tradition, but with modern comforts and efficiencies. As of opening day (April 29, 2016), the resort has completed construction of a brand new elevator in its historic Carriage House Inn, while also retaining its original 1800's Otis brass elevator – with the chain door and hand crank that bellman have to operate for guests – as a relic of the historic property.
Some travelers may not equate historic hotels with being green. Yet The Nonantum, which has 109 guestrooms in two separate buildings, as well as three on-site restaurants and over 5,000 square feet of function space, has been certified as an Environmental Leader by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The resort has also been awarded the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold level rating in 2015 and 2016 – the second highest a property can achieve for its sustainability efforts.
The resort's Green Team meets monthly to discuss and implement environmental initiatives, like saving energy, conserving water, utilizing environmentally preferable cleaners, minimizing and reducing waste, and educating the staff and guests on ways to help reduce their environmental impact.
At the start of the 2015 summer season, the Nonantum began a partnership with We Compost It!, a local Maine startup that delivers clean, cost effective and convenient composting solutions. The Nonantum was the first hotel in York County to do so.
Unused food scraps from the resort's three on-site restaurants, plus its numerous weddings and events, were collected by We Compost It! and hauled to Auburn, Maine. There they create Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association endorsed compost. The compost is then used by local schools, farms and businesses on their garden beds. By the end of the season in mid-December 2015, the resort had composted just under 40 tons of waste.
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