Encouraging Conservation in Oklahoma () announces its newest partnership in sustainability with Tulsa’s Inn at Woodward Park, the first bed and breakfast to qualify for a gold certification.
The inn, a renovated 1920s property located in the Swan Lake district of Tulsa, achieved a gold rating through documenting their current sustainable practices and committing to several improvements throughout the year. Their goals include eliminating unnecessary waste and reducing energy consumption by removing plastic water bottles from their operations and monitoring thermostat temperatures.
The inn also contributes to Clean the World, a nonprofit that collects “gently-used” soaps from hotels and sanitizes them for use in impoverished areas.
“The Inn at Woodward Park is breaking ground for all other bed and breakfast properties interested in sustainability,” Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department Executive Director Hardy Watkins said. “We hope more small business owners will see the value in becoming a part of this movement.”
The Inn at Woodward Park opened its doors in 2006 under the ownership of Janet Mobbs. The decision to join came after Mobbs witnessed the amount of waste produced by the hospitality industry. Mobbs said she hopes to give back to her community by shopping locally for food and by mentoring other bed and breakfast owners who want to start down the path of sustainability.