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Lied Lodge Sustainability Initiatives


Lied Lodge and Conference Center is operated with sustainability in mind. We focus on minimizing our impact on the planet through sound, environmentally-conscious choices in our day-to-day practices and processes.

In fact, we have won the American Hotel & Motel Association’s prestigious Enviro-Management Award for developing a culture of integrating environmental management practices that improve everyday operations and the bottom line, while maintaining quality service and meeting guest expectations.

Below are examples of our environmentally responsible practices.

Linen and Towel Reuse Program

Overnight guests of Lied Lodge are given the option of reusing bed linens and bath towels during their stay. This practical program saves hundreds of thousands of gallons of water and significantly reduces energy costs each year.

Green Seal Certified Detergents

The cleansers and laundry products used by our housekeeping staff are Green Seal certified, contributing to a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment. These products contain no toxic chemicals, ozone-depleting compounds, hazardous waste characteristics, phosphates, or carcinogens.

Comprehensive Recycling Program

Recycling bins and systems are found throughout Lied Lodge, including in guest rooms, offices, public areas, and meeting rooms.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Lied Lodge’s unique biomass system uses wood chips made from pallets to heat and cool the hotel. No CFCs are used for air conditioning. Guests may tour the Fuelwood Energy Plant adjacent to Lied Lodge for an up-close look at how the system works.

Locally Grown Food

Fruits, cider, herbs, and a variety of vegetables grown on Arbor Day Farm are incorporated into menu items at Timbers, providing the freshest options for our guests and greatly reducing the miles traveled by our food items. Other items like meat, cheese, and seasonal produce are sourced locally whenever possible.

Office Supplies

Recycled or environmentally preferred office supplies are purchased whenever possible. Our copy machines are stocked with recycled copy paper containing a minimum of 35% post-consumer content.

Hybrid Vehicle

A Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle is used to shuttle guests and transport employees.

Conference Rooms & Services

Risers and podiums in Lied Lodge’s conference rooms are made from a unique building material, Environ. This non-toxic product is made from a mixture of recycled newspapers and soy flour. The conference table pads are made from Rhinolin®, a patented, completely biodegradable product made from all-natural materials. Conference attendees have the option of leaving their name badges behind for reuse or recycling. Whenever possible, water and food service items are served from reusable dishes instead of disposable alternatives.

Shade-Grown Coffee

Lied Lodge serves fair trade, shade-grown Arbor Day Foundation Coffee, part of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Rain Forest Rescue® program. The shade-grown coffee beans mature slowly under the canopy of the Maya Rain Forest. Our support goes to the indigenous farmers to help protect their rain forest lands and provide a better life for their families.

Smoke-Free Rooms

Lied Lodge guest rooms offer a smoke-free environment.

Environmental Partnerships

The Arbor Day Foundation partners with many environmentally conscious organizations including The Audubon Society, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Milliken, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and Toyota.


More than 50 species of trees and shrubs are showcased in the Lied Lodge Parking Lot Arboretum. The grounds are maintained with minimal use of herbicides and pesticides.


Arbor Day Farm has 180 antique apple trees, representing 165 different varieties. Here you can find both a living record of some of the finest known apples as well as a genetic repository that may one day help create varieties well-suited to a changing climate. The orchards use Integrated Pest Management (IPM), relying primarily on nonchemical means (controlling climate, food sources, and building entry points) to prevent and manage pest infestation. Pesticides are used only as a last resort when pests fail to succumb to more conservative methods.

Stream Bioengineering

Living trees and shrubs help stabilize the stream banks of South Table Creek through a variety of stream bioengineering techniques. These biotechnical stream bank protection techniques improve wildlife habitat, reduce erosion, filter storm water runoff, keep the stream cleaner, and enhance aesthetics.


Windbreaks slow the wind, help retain moisture, protect valuable topsoil, and serve as corridors for wildlife. Farmstead and field windbreaks are both visible demonstrations at Arbor Day Farm.

Hazelnut Research Field

The nation’s second-largest hazelnut research field is located on nine acres of gently sloping land just north of Lied Lodge. This unique woody perennial field is showing the way to better food production, environmental health, and innovative agro-forestry practices. In 2006, the Lied Greenhouse produced the largest number of hazelnut seedlings grown from hazelnuts in the world.

Living Snow Fence

This natural snow fence of woody florals provides year-round wind protection, saves money on snow removal, and supplies food and cover for wildlife. It incorporates small fruit crops, decorative woody florals (like cardinal dogwood and pussy willow), and hazelnuts. In spring, cuttings are sold to local florists and used for arrangements in Lied Lodge.

Building Construction

The Douglasfir timbers in the Lied Lodge lobby were plantation-grown in Oregon on lands that utilize forest stewardship management plans.


All six of our clean-burning, all-masonry fireplaces are engineered to burn away virtually all smoke, surpassing EPA requirements for wood-burning particulate emissions.


The wood-trimmed windows are argon-filled, double-coated, low-E, insulated glass.

Lamps and Fixtures

Lied Lodge uses energy-efficient LEDs whenever possible.


Low-flow, water-conserving plumbing fixtures are installed throughout the facility.