World Fellowship has a long-standing practice of using our buildings and grounds to model sustainable operations and environmental stewardship. Since founding in 1941 our guests have always expected to reuse bath towels. We’re glad to see that other establishments have caught on to replacing towels weekly or upon request!
Our commitment is to protect wilderness and every environment, reduce negative impact and provide an opportunity for guests and staff to learn to deepen conservation practices. We are upgrading facilities to make them ever more energy-efficient and exemplary. We actively work to improve soils in our organic gardens.
Water and Energy Conservation
We strive to make our lodges models of energy efficiency. All light bulbs are being replaced with compact fluorescent lighting as they wear out; windows in newer construction have been replaced with energy efficient double-glazed models.
We encourage visitors to carpool by providing people with each others contact information. As part of our Recreation Program, we encourage bicycling and ride sharing in and around the Mount Washington Valley and between White Mountain trailheads to reduce energy waste.
Our year-round office and “Directors’ House” is heated with locally harvested renewable hardwoods and generates ultra-low emissions with its Finnish-style masonry heater. We are investigating the use of composting toilets. Low-flow showerheads are in place in our lodges. We are working to minimize landscaping and to increase the use of native plants in order to do less landscape watering.
Our parking areas, driveways, and trails are unpaved to minimize runoff.
All of our lodges and buildings are especially green in that they are not heated during the winter at all. We shut them down before the first hard frost! We open buildings in late spring for the summer season.
We are striving to be awarded “Environmental Champion” status by the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association’s Sustainable Lodging and Restaurant Program.
We focus on reducing waste wherever possible. Guests will notice that we use cloth napkins in our dining room to reduce waste.
We compost food waste to create healthy soil for our gardens.
At our lodges we do not provide individual bottles of shampoo or toiletries, rather we invite guests to pack their own shampoo in and out. We provide soap dispensers in the highest-traffic bathrooms and shared bar soap in others to reduce waste caused by individual bars or bottles. We buy food and supplies in bulk and do our best to support vendors whose packaging is recycled and recyclable.
We serve mostly vegetarian food.
We place recycling bins in prominent locations and strongly encourage recycling in all our facilities.
All construction at World Fellowship utilizes recycled and/or local building materials wherever possible.
We buy locally wherever practical, both to support local economies and reduce energy used in shipping food and supplies long distances. We are proud that our furnishings are given to us after guests and friends have provided them with a first home.
Our lawn furniture features a set Adirondack chair made on site with “character wood” pine with knots and distinctive grain that would be discarded in traditional manufacturing. These replace plastic furnishings.
We use biodegradable cleaning products as much as possible. Paper products are purchased with the highest level of recycled and post-consumer content possible.
Minimizing Wilderness Impact
Along with conserving energy and reducing waste as noted above, we work to protect our nature trails, to minimize erosion and help protect the diversity of vegetation through forestry management.
We have had a long-standing covenant among the neighbors on Whitton Pond to protect the wilderness and are in the process of working to implement a conservation easement that will further protect and restore rare alpine flowers found in the Whitton Pond watershed and on World Fellowship property.