Details: Written by TOM DEVERIN
The Green Business of the Month for May of 2016 is the Faraway Inn. Oliver and Doreen Bauer are the owners since they bought it in November of 2000.
The facility was built in 1948 and is a great example of the post-World War II hospitality industry in Florida with a mix of well-maintained free-standing cottages and attached rooms. The complex covers a half a City block, with a multitude of gardens, and it fronts on Goose Cove for those great Cedar Key sunsets.
The Faraway Inn has been in the Florida Green Lodging program for a number of years and currently is in the Trip Advisor Green Leader Program, which has similar goals and criteria as the Green Lodging Program. Both programs encourage the reduction of resource usage, electricity, water, and reduction of waste by implementing recycle programs that are available to staff and guests.
Customer participation in the recycle program is high since many people already recycle at home and their customers that do not currently recycle are willing to do so. Many customers have mentioned that they will continue to recycle at home since they found that recycling is both easy and doable.
Oliver stated that the resources provided by the City and the Energy Advisory Panel were and are a big help to implement a successful recycling program. Those refrigerator magnets and recycle stickers really made a difference. He also stated that they have saved a considerable amount of money on their monthly bills by recycling and upgrading to more energy efficient equipment.
After training the staff about recycling and energy reduction, everyone got on board with a very positive outcome. Their customers appreciate the efforts made by the owners and staff to reduce the amount of unnecessary waste whether it be electricity, water, or the amount of waste sent to a landfill.
- Details: Written by CKN STAFF
In a brief interview with Doreen and Oliver Bauer on Thursday, May 12, the two shared their thanks for being selected as the Green Business of the Month. They have been at the Faraway Inn for 15 years and are “Still going strong,” said Doreen with a broad, fine smile.
The Faraway Inn, at 847 Third Street here in Cedar Key, is located on the property that was once the Eagle Pencil Company Cedar Mill in the late 1800s; when it was destroyed by a hurricane.
When asked how the Bauer’s got into the “green” habit, they replied that they have always thought in that mode and always recycled and conserved. “ What made it easier here in Cedar Key,” Oliver explained, “is that “there was already a program in place.” In other times and places, one could try to recycle but often, no pick-up system was in place; resultantly, recyclable items went into the landfill.
The Bauers explained that their inn’s garbage and recycling cans are clearly colored differently and labeled to eliminate guests’ potential confusion. They report that their recycling and their trash disposal are nearly equal, 50/50%.
The Bauers were the first to place dog “poopy” bags about their property and beyond. Doreen said, “I did not want anyone to have an excuse not to do the right thing and use the bag; so we put them all around.” “It worked, she said, “now we see them all about town.”