Green hotel Harvard Square
Energy efficiency and environmental responsibility have always been core values of Irving House.
As technologies for best environmental practices evolve, we continue to find new ways to lighten our footprint while maintaining a high level of services to our guests.
Green innkeeping at the Irving House include these practices:
- We have sought and received recognition from the EPA, Mass Energy and the City of Cambridge, as well as the Sustainable Business Network for our savings in energy, water, and material.
- We have installed low flow toilets, shower head and sink faucets.
- Wherever possible, inside and out, we have installed LED or other energy saving lights.
- We have urged our breakfast vendors to provide packaging in reusable containers.
- We buy local whenever possible.
- When we renovate or refurbish rooms, we seek to reuse whatever we can with creative solutions to curtains, picture frames, rugs, bed spreads, etc.
- Irving House helped organize the first compost route in mid Cambridge so we can compost our food waste. We called restaurants and florists in the area to ensure that a compost truck could efficiently collect compost around this neighborhood.
- In 2008 we installed solar thermal panels to heat guest hot water. This has saved us between 15-30% of our therm use (we also heat with gas) consistently for the past nearly 8 years.
- Guests can compost and recycle in bins provided in the common areas.