Our sustainability committee seeks to strengthen environmental stewardship and sustainability practices companywide by implementing relevant programs and policies across the Witham Family Hotels portfolio. Through education, collaboration, and support we strive to make impactful changes towards an environmentally sound future for our local and global community.
Coffee & Food Service
The volume of single-use coffee creamers, plastic stirrers, and other individual serving size packets has been reduced by moving to insulated creamer carafes, bamboo stirrers, bulk packages of ketchup and other condiments. While space and licensing regulations prevent us from offering reusable dishware, we have switched all of our single use plasticware to compostable items. Reduction of single-use items will continue as we provide the utmost care for our guests and our environment
Reduced waste of over 18,000 single-use food service items through the use of reusable and bulk service items annually.
We are working to replace all of our single-use guest bathroom amenities with sleek, dispensers filled with Bath & Body Works products, offering you top quality products without added waste. This project is ongoing and we anticipate completion at the end during the 2023 season.
Elimination of over 40,000 single-use plastic containers being sent to the landfill each year.
Towel & Linen Reuse Program
It is our standard to provide linen service in all our guest rooms between guests and every 3rd day for extended stays. By not changing sheets daily and encouraging guests to hang their towels between uses, we are able to reduce the volume of detergent wastewater needing to be processed within our island community and energy consumed. This cleaning schedule also extends the life of our linens allowing us to be better stewards of our resources. Our housekeeping team in turn has more time to spend deep cleaning rooms and engaging with our guests.
Washing is reduced by 17% on average in hotels that adopt linen reuse programs, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
Low Light - Dark Skies
Acadia National Park offers a large swath of untouched dark sky and while not yet certified by the International Dark Sky Association, we support the beauty of the night sky by using the bare minimum of exterior lighting with low lux fixtures.
While still a work in progress, we strive to reduce our light pollution each time we install new lighting and are actively working to replace bright light fixtures.
Water Bottle Refill Stations
Single-use plastic water bottles are one of the largest sources of plastic pollution in the world. To reduce reliance on these single-use items, we offer a filtered water bottle refill location in our Continental Breakfast area. This makes filling up your water bottle convenient before a hike or when arriving back to the hotel from adventure. Curious about our water quality? Read Bar Harbor’s Annual Water Quality Report.
Elimination of over 30,000 single-use water bottles being sent to the landfill each year.
As a company, we understand that we are only a portion of the larger community where we live, work, and conduct business. Each year our team volunteers their time for local programs including Witham Family Hotels Charitable Christmas and the Friends of Acadia Annual Roadside Cleanup Day.
Hundreds of hours of service invested in our community each year.