Going 'green' is spreading throughout RV resorts and parks. In the three years since the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds launched its "Plan it Green" program, more than 100 campgrounds and RV resorts across the country have made a formal pledge to adopt environmentally friendly practices and to inform their guests of the benefits of doing the same.
We RVers can help by supporting RV resorts and campgrounds in metro Denver and elsewhere that incorporate eco-friendly practices.
Parks that participate in the "Plan it Green" program are required to adopt a minimum of three green practices, such as offering recycling programs for their guests, planting trees to offset carbon emissions or avoiding the use of environmentally-harmful chemicals. For example, Sugar Loafin’ RV Campground and Cabins in Leadville, Colorado, installed solar panels on a service building to help with heating and uses native plants and grasses throughout the campground.
The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds recently partnered with the Woodall’s North American Campground Directory to encourage more parks to participate in the program and adopt a greater number of green practices. Qualifying parks will receive formal recognition with a "Green Friendly" icon next to their listings in the 2011 print edition of the Woodall’s directory and the GoCampingAmerica.com and Woodalls.com websites.
To earn the "Green Friendly" designation, a park must have at least nine of the following 18 criteria:
- Tankless water heaters
- Motion sensors for lighting in bathrooms and clubhouses
- Energy efficient light bulbs
- Non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products
- Water saving showerheads and/or faucets with automatic shutoff taps
- Recycle bins for cans, paper, glass and plastic
- Energy saving appliances
- Eco-friendly and "Leave No Trace" tips and education for guests
- Landscaping that uses wood chip, pebble, paved or grass paths to decrease soil erosion
- "Reduce Water Usage" signage for guests around the park
- One or more of the following: lighting, heaters and/or coolers with timers
- Solar or wind power
- Low flush toilets or waterless urinals
- Grey water access (if allowed in state)
- On-site organic composting
- Email confirmations rather than paper to minimize paper waste
- Geothermal heating and cooling
- A program for frequent tree planting
Working towards completing this list is an impressive commitment to supporting an eco-friendly environment. According to Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, several parks are already meeting most of these criteria.
For more information about the Plan It Green program and the Green Friendly icon: Visit the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
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