Blanketing 900 acres of a region blessed with natural attributes, Grand Traverse Resort and Spa holds deep roots as an environmental partner while achieving new heights in eco-hospitality.
A stream of “green” accolades earned over the years for initiatives at both at the Resort and beyond includes “Leader” certification from Green Lodging Michigan, and being named 2011 Business of the Year by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council.
A CULTURE OF CARING
The GREEN Committee
The Green Committee is a volunteer group of Resort employees who serve as a community role model by participating in local initiatives, promoting eco-stewardship amongst co-workers, brainstorming new ideas and implementing programs that work.
With the Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay, we monitor and protect Acme Creek, a tributary coursing through our grounds. Through Bay Area Recycling for Charities, the Resort expanded its recycling program to include clean office paper, magazines, newspapers, card-board, non-beverage metal cans and plastic. Conference services also replaced massive paper use with an electronic system.
The Resort also helps keep the community clean through MDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program among other local initiatives
Golf and Grounds
Certified as a Michigan Turf-grass Environmental Steward and Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary, the Resort was lauded by the Environmental Institute for Golf for retrofitting maintenance equipment with recycled catalytic converters.
Promoting Action and Awareness
While the Resort uses energy-efficient products and systems, eco-safe cleaners and bio-degradable waste bags, it provides in-room recycling bins and a linen reuse option for guests.
2012: Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program - Legacy Property
2011: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council Business of the Year
2011: Green Lodging Michigan: Leader Certification
2008: Green Lodging Michigan: Leader Certification
2006: Michigan Turf-grass Environmental Stewardship Program - Certified Environmental Steward
1998: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America - Environmental Stewardship Award
1997: Audubon International: Cooperative Sanctuary Certification
1995: Traverse Area Recreational Trail: 2.5 Acres Wetlands Mitigation
1992: Michigan Chamber of Commerce: Environmental Quality Award
1989: Michigan Recycling Coalition: Business Recycler of the Year
1982: Michigan Outdoor Writers: Clean Waters Award