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Jan 262010
NH Resort with Wind 2

The historic Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa in Whitefield, N.H.

From Green Right Now Reports

Who would want to ruin this view? Not New Hampshire’s landmark Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa. The resort has moved away from sky-polluting fossil fuels to using all green, renewable energy.

Not only did Mountain View Grand put up its own 121-foot wind turbine last year, it now buys all renewable energy from Constellation Energy, in the form of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). The RECs represent power that’s been produced by green sources, in this case, wind power.

These changes have won the ski and summer resort set in the White Mountains a place on the U.S. EPA’s list of Green Power Partners that use 100 percent green power. (See Mountain View’s EPA profile.)

Mountain View Grand’s shift to total green power avoids an estimated 1,626,231 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, which is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from 135 passenger vehicles each year, or the CO² emissions from the electricity use of 102 average American homes for one year, according to the resort.

“The wind turbine and green power initiative are just two of many steps we have taken to tangibly lower our carbon footprint at Mountain View Grand,” explains Chris Diego, managing director. “We’re committed to becoming a model for environmental responsibility, as we offer a luxury guest experience that encourages an active appreciation for our natural environment.”

According to Diego, Mountain View Grand, which is recognized by AAA as a Four Diamond lodging and dining destination, has made many green improvements over the past two years. The resort added a recycling program that includes reusing cooking oil to make diesel fuel, installed energy-saving light bulbs and a water capture tower used to irrigate the golf course and grounds. Staff obtain vegetables from the resort’s own gardens and even raise Leicester Longwool sheep, a critically endangered breed.

Mountain View Grand, which traces its history to 1865, also buys local foods and has partnered with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests to promote land conservation. The MVG occupies 400 landscaped acres ringed by another 1,300 acres of woods and fields. Visit the website or call 866-484-3843 for information or reservations.