National Report – The Nonantum Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, was named the winner of Henkel’s ‘Go Green & Save’ contest, receiving $30,000 in Henkel products. For the award, Henkel was seeking a hotel that had committed itself to consistent, significant sustainable practices with the environment in mind.
Only five hotels in the U.S. were recognized by Henkel for their green efforts, and the Nonantum Resort was the only hotel in New England to be in the running.
The resort began its green initiatives in 2007, and its main objective was to preserve its maritime location on the coast of Maine.
To win sustainability recognition, Nonantum recycled 1,308 pounds of soap and shampoo, donating them to sustainable non-profit charity organization Clean the World. Additionally, the hotel delivered approximately eight tons of kitchen waste to a local composting facility throughout the year, and organically grew its own herbs and limited fresh vegetables.
The hotel also installed high efficiency Mitsubishi heating and cooling units to assist in saving energy, and also installed three automobile charging stations—two specifically for Tesla vehicles and one universal station.
On winning the award, Nonantum’s GM, Tina Hewett-Gordon, said that the entire property is flattered to be recognized for their efforts after receiving both this award and after being named TripAdvisor GreenLeader Gold. This designation is reserved for hotels that are committed to green practices, such as recycling, local and organic food and electrical sustainability.