Sustainable Hospitality

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The Old Alcohol Plant and Bayside Housing and Services understand the needs of tomorrow will only be met by the actions we take today.  Together, our staff, residents, and volunteers have been on a journey since opening to offer sustainable hospitality, support affordable housing, and nourish our ecosystems.

The following is a regularly updated list, across all departments, of our most impactful changes made since 2019.  Many of these efforts have been proposed and implemented by individual staff members, with great encouragement and support from leadership.

The Inn
  • John Risinger, OAP maintenance manager, has replaced nearly all bulbs with LED lighting, greatly decreasing our carbon footprint and energy costs. 

  • John and his assistant, Jordan, have also replaced over 90% of both buildings’ sinks, showers, and tubs with low flow faucets, resulting in considerable savings in water and utility costs. 

  • Single-use plastics have been entirely phased out and instead replaced with 100% recyclable aluminum products. 

  • Aerosol-based deodorizers for the restrooms have been replaced with long-lasting, non-toxic essential oil diffusers. 

  • Thanks to an increase in recycling efforts and mindful purchasing, OAP has downsized its trash output from two dumpsters to just one.   

  • Styrofoam, scrap metal, plastic bags/packaging sleeves/bubble wrap are also recycled, thanks to dedicated staff, volunteers, and the Port Townsend Styrocyclers. 

  • Vending machine beverages have eliminated plastic bottles and offer 100% recyclable aluminum can options. 

  • John and the garden crew frequently find ways to fix, upcycle, or donate items that are damaged or no longer needed, saving at least five pick-up truckloads of material from the landfill in 2021. 

  • Packaging waste and separate deliveries are limited by purchasing whenever possible from Uline, which delivers products on pallets.  This minimizes the need for extra cardboard and plastic used in traditional shipping methods.  Pallets are then upcycled. 

  • Plastic, aluminum, and glass recyling containers are available on each floor of the Inn.

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Spirits Bar & Grill

 

  • Sprits Bar and Grill has partnered with the local food bank to accept excess farm produce donations. Jeremy and Eric and others work hard every day providing freshly prepared boxed meals—over 9,000 to date—for Bayside and Healing Village residents and unhoused people currently camping. 

  • Chef Troy places a huge emphasis on sourcing fresh, high-quality foods and infuses teaching and mentorship into the supervision of his crew.  The plated end results are delicious works of art! 

  • Manager Heidi Berry picks fresh garden herbs for house-made focaccia bread and bakes incredible garden rhubarb and mixed berry pies. 

  • Humanely-raised meats and oysters are locally sourced whenever possible.

  • Locally sourced beer on-tap supports our local economy and has a greatly decreased carbon footprint compared to bottled domestic beer. 

  • Vegetable scraps are composted, reducing methane-producing landfill waste by an average of 30 gallons per week. 

  • Paper straws replaced plastic straws and to-go boxes are compostable, eliminating a huge source of single-use plastics. 

  • Used kitchen oil is recycled and turned into biodiesel by Sequential. 

  • This Spring, look out for the Daily Fresh menu, highlighting seasonal “From the Garden” specials. 

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OAP Kitchen Gardens

  • Visit our newly constructed farmstand outside of the hotel lobby for locals, guests, and Bayside residents to procure fresh produce. 

  • Since 2018, the two acres of chemical-free, edible landscaping provided over 6,000 pounds of garden-to-table produce for the restaurant and Bayside meals. 

  • The gardens utilize local manure, seaweed, kitchen food scraps, and biochar to create rich compost and build rich, carbon-sequestering soil.  Adding organic amendments creates nutrient-dense food, which travels 0.04 miles to the kitchen, and is used within days. 

  • Flowers and native plants abound, inviting pollinators and humans alike to relish in the rich eco-systems unfolding. 

  • Perennials such as artichokes, raspberries, blackberries, rhubarb, and fruit trees will provide low-input foods for years to come. 

  • The wood used to build the greenhouse, pergola, and garden boxes was sourced from a local mill that sustainably harvests trees. 

  • The construction of a bioswale rain garden will soon catch and filter runoff from neighboring homes and roadways before running off the bluff and entering the Puget Sound. 

  • Owners Gary and Susan Keister gave the brave A-OK to let the lawn go brown this summer, greatly reducing water consumption during the Olympic Peninsula’s driest months. 

  • Significant water savings are also seen thanks to the installation of drip irrigation systems and healthy, water-retaining soils. 

  • The investment in rechargeable, battery-powered lawn mower and leaf blower minimizes air and noise pollution. 

  • Biochar has been incorporated into the soils and compost for the past several years.  Biochar sequesters carbon in the earth while promoting healthy organisms and water retention.   Check out Olympic Carbon Fund to learn more!

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Housekeeping

  • Head of housekeeping, Kim Risinger, and her team have moved towards non-toxic cleaning products, such as vinegar, whenever possible. 

  • Canvas bags and totes have replaced plastic liners for transporting linens and towels to be laundered.  

  • Linens are changed out upon request instead of daily, which saves a considerable amount of water. 

  • Travel size toiletries (and their non-recyclable containers) have been replaced with refillable shampoo, conditioner, and soap dispensers. 

  • Guests are encouraged to limit water waste by requesting fresh linens as needed. 

  • Breakfast baskets have phased out single-use plastics, offering reusable silverware, plates, and napkins.  Cold beverages are offered in 100% recyclable aluminum. 

  • Seventy-five gallons of donated expired coffee grounds were removed from its packaging and composted. 

  • Sidewalks and paths are cleared by electric leaf blowers, limiting emissions and noise pollution. 

Administration & Bayside Housing​​​​
  • Bayside Housing & Services aims to strengthen our community through housing, advocacy, and human services supporting social and economic independence.  

  • Newsletters and most marketing are shared digitally, greatly reducing the use of paper. 

  • Large event rooms are kept at low temp temperatures when unused.

  • Director of Development, Heather Dudley-Nollette, leads the charge in utilizing local small businesses for printing and administrative purchases.

  • Bayside Director and Case Manager, Mike Schleckser, and volunteers installed garden beds and provides plants for the healing village gardens.

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