Rochester bed and breakfast nr Finger Lakes, NY

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Responsible tourism: Rochester bed and breakfast nr Finger Lakes, NY

Environment

I am environmentally conscious, and run the B&B sustainably not because of recent trend of 'going green', but because it's the way I have always been! I was brought up to look after the environment and not be wasteful with resources, and renovating the house meant that I was able to implement environmentally friendly heating systems, as well as a green roof for offsetting carbon emissions. I have an Audubon international award for my efforts in being environmentally friendly and I am always working to lower the business's environmental impact.

I reuse and recycle everything possible, and use organic cleaning products to minimise pollution. To conserve water I have implemented low flow showers and toilets, and to save energy I use LED lights and energy efficient methods of cooling each room when necessary.

I do a lot of work in my garden and enjoy managing it organically, avoiding chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and experimenting with rotten eggs and garlic instead! The garden provides a place for smaller species of wildlife to create habitats, and we're often visited by families of deer, geese and racoons!

There's lots of opportunity to get around in a green way when you arrive, with good rail links and the Rochester Amtrak station just 10 minutes away, as well as lots of opportunities for cycling, canoeing and kayaking.

Community

I am an active part of the local community and belong to the Rochester South Wedge Neighbourhood Social Network, which exists to help local residents connect and build a sustainable community through members of the community engaging with one another and promoting local businesses to support local people and economies.

I often offer use of the house for community meetings, and have organised fundraising events for local groups including the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. I have also worked closely with the Landmark Society of Western New York, a not for profit organisation which aims to protect the unique archaeological heritage of the area and promote preservation and planning methods that create healthy and sustainable communities.

There is a great network of independent local businesses within walking distance of the house and around Rochester. There is a great garden shop right around the corner that guests can visit and a fantastic selection of places to eat. I also let guests know about Coffee Connection, a not for profit coffee shop that sells fair trade, organic coffee and provides a place to employ and offer continual support to women in recovery from addiction. We also support young people and people trying to develop a career in hospitality by pairing with local schools and taking on interns that are learning about green tourism practice.

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