With California in the middle of drought and water worries beginning to rise amongst cities and neighborhoods, water reduction is a hot topic in our community. The city of Santa Clara is recognized as a leader in water recycling, even finding ways to use recycled water to irrigate the playing field and sustain restroom use at Levi Stadium. With Earth Day coming up this week on April 22, Madison Street Inn has taken this time to reflect upon how we, as a small business in the city of Santa Clara, are contributing to the reduction of water usage and the sustainability of our earth. We recognize that although we are only a small place, that our environmental efforts affect our local and worldly communities. We believe in collective well-being as a planet and are committed to the small part that we can make and the model that we can be in living an environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Here are just a few examples of our contributions here at the Inn:
- Water & Energy Reduction:
- We have installed low-flow water faucets, toilets and shower heads, where possible throughout the entire Inn.
- We encourage our guests to reuse their towels when possible. In addition, we use energy-efficient washer and drier units to clean linens and towels when preparing for new guests. In the summertime, you can often find a full clothesline out in back, as we try to use wind-power when possible!
- Our backyard is landscaped with artificial grass and our flowers and herbs are on a drip system, to help conserve water as much as we can. At this point in time, we are planning to make fashionable “brown is the new green” in our front yard, once the dry season arrives.
- We fill two 64-gallon recycling barrels each week (sending out more recycling than landfill).
- We recycle all wine corks to our local wine shop.
- All light bulbs, batteries and ink cartridges are recycled appropriately.
- Local & Organic Produce:
- Oranges, lemons and herbs from our own backyard are used to make our delicious homemade breakfasts! In the summertime, we make our own apricot jam from our lovely apricot tree out back. The apricot jam makes a delectable topping for pastries and crescents.
- Every Saturday, Theresa walks to our neighborhood farmer’s market to buy locally grown fresh fruit and veggies for Sunday morning breakfast. We love cooking with organic products here at the Inn!
We are so happy to be able to contribute to the sustainability of our earth by making these small steps, and hope that in sharing our contributions, others can see just how easy it is to help our planet!