Brad Oliver from Half Moon Marina submitted a great update on what they’ve been doing as part of the Challenge! He writes:
Half Moon Marina, located on Shelter Island, is working to improve the environment and educate our tenants and guests about energy conservation and sustainability. Being a part of the Green Business Challenge has allowed us to become more efficient and to share ideas among other businesses. Since so many of our neighboring businesses are also participating in the Challenge, we have had the chance to communicate with them and use some of their ideas at our marina.
We have been trying to educate our marina tenants and guests about how to recycle, reuse and reduce energy waste. Using education not only helps our tenants, but also creates an open dialogue for tenants to spread the word. Half Moon
Our marina has switched to CFL bulbs on the docks and in our restrooms, laundry facility and buildings around the marina. This has cut down on our electrical usage and utilities cost every month. We have been educating our tenants to turning off as much of their boat's electrical systems as possible, especially if they are going to be away for long periods of time. Over the last couple of years, we have started replacing our water spigots with the "ball valve" style, virtually eliminating leakage. We now require all hoses to have nozzles attached, so boat owners use less water when washing their boats. We have also asked boat owners to minimize boat washing to once a month, if possible. As they say, every little bit helps!