.. you’re growing.
If you saw me tweeting the weekend before Thanksgiving, you saw a lot of the #GWL_EcoMoms hashtag. Thanks to my friend Kristin from Our Ordinary Life, I had the amazing opportunity to spend the weekend with my family at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. Not only did I have a great time with my family, but I also had a unique opportunity to meet up with some of my bloggy friends from the Pacific NW, Canada, California, and even Utah!
Of course the summit wasn’t just about meeting friends and having a good time. It was also a chance to check out Project Green Wolf at the Lodge and try out some great organic products. If you know Kristin, you know that organic living has become her passion and boy did it show! At the weekends end we were all showered with goodies from @NaturesPath, @Organic_Valley, @KillerBreadMan, @SimplyOrgFoods, and @OregonZoo just to name a few. (Complete list can be found at the end of this post.)
Now, I will be completely honest with you. When it comes to being green or “crunchy” I’m probably more of a yellow-green and as “crunchy” as cooked rice. I was a tad apprehensive about going to a summit that could possibly involve shoving all this down my throat. Of course, as with many of my worst case scenarios, this one proved false.
Seeing all the things that @GreatWolfLodge is doing to make themselves more eco-friendly actually proves not just how environmentally conscientious they are but their business savvy as well. One of the things that really stood out to me was the fact that they are the first brand of it’s kind to be Green Seal Certified at the Silver level. About the only thing that keeps them from the gold level is the water park. Due to state regulations they aren’t quite able to make it as green as they would like. I would say that’s pretty good for a lodge this size!
Several of the department directors took time out on Sunday to talk to us about a few of the things respective divisions were doing on the green front. For instance, in each of the rooms there isn’t just a trash can, but also a recycling bin. Each day it is sorted and they have huge compactors outside to limit their waste. The even use all the left over scraps of food to make their own compost! It’s there mission to one day have no trash leaving the property.
They also use LCD lights in the Howlin’ Tornado (their biggest and largest water attraction) which they are able to run for just a couple quarters each day! They also conserve water in the park by keeping the temperature at approximately 83 degrees which prevents evaporation, they also have a state of the art filtration system which allows them to consistently reuse all the water that flows in the water park. And we are talking millions of gallons a day! Basically, the only water they loose is from the hot tubs because of the temperature and the amount of chemicals they are required to add it’s not able to be reused.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this long winded entry, we also learned about several organic food companies. I think the biggest thing that I took away from this summit actually occurred when Maria from Natures Path presented. She had such a passion for her work that it really touched me. So much in fact that I’ll be writing another post just about that presentation and what I took away from it.
For now I’ll just leave you with some random pics from our trip. It was such a great time that I’m ready to go back next year! What do you say ladies?!?
[slickr-flickr tag=”gwl”] Complete List of sponsors:
@GreatWolfLodge, @NaturesPath, @Organic_Valley, @OregonZoo, @BridgePortBrew, @NakedWines, @SimplyOrgFoods, @AuraCacia, @SeventhGen, @KillerBreadMan, @FairyTalesinc, @TOBLLC, @Crayola, @DroppsLaundry, Seeds of Change, and Oregon Rain
*My family and I were given a 2 night free stay at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA in order to participate in the Eco-Friendly Mom Bloggers Summit*