Monday kickoff: promoting Lake Placid's green credentials

The Golden Arrow's green roof in Lake Placid. Photo courtesy Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort .

Each week, we highlight a new site, tweeter, or idea in the farm and food world to goose your creativity at the beginning of the week. This time, we get going a day early. Monday is Earth Day, and plenty of people are celebrating this weekend. Troy, near Albany, has some events at its children's museum, and you can find more on NCPR's community calendar.

In Lake Placid, the Golden Arrow Lakeside resort is hosting local farms and restaurants, live music and more. The event's a kickoff for an effort to draw national attention to the "green" tourism opportunities in the Adirondacks.

The Golden Arrow has invited eco-travel writers from around the country to wine and dine ("green"-style, of course) in Lake Placid, so they can go back to their publications and tell the world to come to the Adirondacks. They're expecting writers representing Huffington Post, Gadling, EcoSalon, and Mother Nature Network this weekend and into Earth Day on Monday.

Stanzi McGlynn, the Golden Arrow's marketer and one of the event's organizers, says three buildings in the Adirondacks have achieved Audubon International’s Platinum eco-certification rating – the Golden Arrow, Gauthier's Saranac Lake Inn and Hohmeyer's Lake Clear Lodge. McGlynn told me in an e-mail that's half of the six structures with that rating nationwide:

Working on this tour has really opened my eyes personally to the number of green initiatives we have in such a concentrated area – from farms and restaurants proudly promoting locally sourced food and cuisine – as you are all too familiar with – to museums like the Wild Center and hoteliers, businesses, and even the Lake Placid conference center who are increasingly incorporating green into their business practices.


Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, Lake Placid. Photo courtesy the resort.

The Golden Arrow itself has solar panels, a green roof, energy conserving hotel rooms, and eco-friendly housekeeping.

"Green" building, eating, and energy generation is a major focal point where many farm and food issues meet. It's also a growing economic development issue. The Regional Economic Development Council has focused on tourism as a key ingredient for the North Country to grow. Getting the word out to eco-travelers is one path in that effort.





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