Ridgecrest goes green
    April 22 2010 by Polly House, Baptist Press

    For people who have been to LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center, it’s no stretch to think “green” with the center’s abundance of beautiful trees, shrubs and grass.

    BR photo by Dianna L. Cagle

    One of the ways Ridgecrest is going green is by encouraging guests and staff members to recycle.

    What may come as a surprise is Ridgecrest’s commitment to being a good steward of its finances by reducing energy consumption and finding eco-friendly alternatives to traditional ways of doing things.

    • Among the environmentally friendly initiatives and practices that have been put in place are: All of the guest rooms use fluorescent lighting.
    • More than 80 percent of the conference and public spaces use fluorescent lighting.
    • Occupied space, outside ambient conditions and temperature determine the operational parameters.
    • The facility participates in a fluorescent bulb recycling program, keeping mercury out of local landfills.
    • Conference and public spaces are monitored throughout the day with an energy management system to optimize HVAC efficiency.
    • Fireplaces are equipped with timer controls.
    • Recycling bins are available throughout the campus to encourage recycling by guests.
    • A linen exchange program is in place to cut down on unnecessary washing of linens, saving hundreds of gallons of water each day.
    • Ongoing steps include recycling of wood pallets and paper. Metals and other recyclables are salvaged from demolition projects.
    • Vehicle fuel usage has been cut in half by downsizing to non-highway vehicles where possible and adding the use of electric vehicles.
    • A master plan for sidewalks and covered walkways is being followed to make the entire conference center pedestrian friendly, thus encouraging guests to walk instead of using their vehicles to move about campus.
    “These steps make sense for us, environmentally and economically,” said Byron Hill, director of LifeWay’s conference centers.

    “I am proud of our staff and engineers who are helping us find new ways to protect our beautiful campus. I’m also grateful to our guests who appreciate what we are doing and join us in recycling when they’re on our grounds. When conservation is done well, everyone wins.”  
    4/22/2010 3:08:00 PM by Polly House, Baptist Press | with 0 comments

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