What better way to spend Earth Day 2013 than celebrating the environmental accomplishments of the Lake Placid/Saranac region of New York State generally and those of lodging and tourism sector specifically?!

On April 22, I was invited to represent Audubon International at a media event held at one of the most environmentally friendly lodging facilities in the country, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort. Located on the shores of beautiful and aptly named Mirror lake, the Golden Arrow boasts the highest rating (Platinum) within the Audubon Green Lodging Program, a prestigious designation that has currently only been bestowed to two other lodging facilities in the region – Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn (Saranac Lake, NY) and the Lake Clear Lodge (Lake Clear, NY).

The environmental spirit of the region, as evidenced by these properties, made for a perfect backdrop to celebrate Earth Day 2013.

It was doubly fitting that Audubon International staff had an opportunity to take part in these Earth Day activities in the region given that the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (a 2,000+ member program that has now been in existence for over 20 years) had its roots in Lake Placid, New York. Furthermore, our organization is currently engaged in exciting new discussions with leaders from local commerce and municipalities in the Adirondack Region who are interested in aggressively advancing their collective commitment to sustainability at the facility-, community-, and regional-scale.

Feeding off of the energy and enthusiasm of local stakeholders, each week we are helping businesses and communities in the Adirondacks identify new ways to safeguard their natural resources while simultaneously enhancing social and economic well being. We look forward to being back up there real soon!

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