As part of the holistic mountain resort, Old Edwards Hospitality Group (OEHG), with its focus on organic culinary and spa programs, Half-Mile Farm has sustainable and energy-efficient operations throughout the property. OEHG was the first hospitality provider in North Carolina to be awarded the NC Green Travel Award by the North Carolina Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach (NCDEAO) and the Center of Sustainable Tourism at East Carolina. NCDEAO is a governmental branch of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDNR) that strives to protect the natural resources of North Carolina. The NC Green Travel awards are designed to encourage the tourism industry to "go green" by recognizing businesses that have established an energy team, recycle material, excel in water efficiency, practice energy conservation, and strive to practice green standards."
- Sustainable farms with organic vegetable and herb gardens
- Natural composting at Old Edwards gardens
- Old Edwards employees participate in the annual Highlands Plateau Pick-Up, removing litter from area roads and highways.
- The Old Edwards Club golf course uses water stations to replace bottled water.
- Reuse of office paper for internal printing
- Paper straws or hay straws available resort-wide
- Paper shredding, cardboard, glass, plastic and grease recycling bins resort-wide. Packing materials reused or sent to Highlands Business Spot for recycling.
- Water stations and reusable bottles replace plastic water bottles across the property
- Optional linen change every other day offered to guests
- Energy-efficient light bulbs
- Ban on Styrofoam, polystyrene products and internal to-go cup use. OEHG provides reusable cups to employees to reduce one-time-use cups.
- Any extra wine used in stocks and sauces
- Use local suppliers when possible to reduce our carbon footprint
Training & Management
- Posted literature to promote guests' involvement
- Continued research and purchasing from green companies
- Conducted Energy Assessment with the help of Waste Reduction Partners
- Partnered with Western Carolina University's Natural Resource Conservation and Management Program 2017 senior class for a research project focused on uncovering new approaches to green hospitality