The Dunes on the Waterfront – Our Environmental Policy
The Dunes on the Waterfront is an independent, 3rd generation, family owned and operated hotel in Ogunquit, Maine. Our passion for years has been to preserve and protect our units, grounds and views. Becoming an Environmental Leader was not a task that happened over night or was taken lightly. It took several years, and a great deal of thought and preparation was put into the initiative. With only 36 lodging units spread across 12 acres of land, we recognize the importance to preserve our future, protect our property and provide our guests with an eco-friendly place to visit and call home.
In order to preserve the future we have changed our purchasing habits and do our best to purchase from as many local companies as possible to prevent excess vehicle usage while supporting our local businesses. For items we are not able find locally, we order in bulk to reduce the amount of deliveries and reduce our carbon footprint. We are also very conscientious regarding the items that we do purchase and how they affect our environment, not just on property but world-wide.
We use as many Green-Sealed Certified cleaning products as possible and use a local Green-Shield Certified pest control company to treat our units on an annual basis. We also use a local landscaping company to treat our lawn and gardens with an organic fertilizer. Bromine is used in place of chlorine for our outdoor heated pool, which is also covered nightly with an insulated cover to prevent the loss of heat and reduce our dependency on propane.
Maintaining a property such as ours is sometimes a challenge because we are not your typical 3-4 story building with traditional hotel rooms. We are a unique property with both cottages and guestrooms that guests enjoy for a three to twenty-one day stay. We try to maintain and grow our clientele by showing them that their children/grandchildren can play on the lawn without being exposed to toxins, giving guests the option to exchange their used towels and linen, and showing that we believe in recycling ourselves and providing bins in each unit. We also supply bathroom amenities with a focus on recycled materials used to make the packaging and natural ingredients used to make the product.
Becoming a Certified Environmental Leader is an important initiative for The Dunes. We want to make sure we are doing everything possible to preserve our future, protect our property and continue providing our guests with a safe and environmentally responsible experience for years to come.