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Golden Arrow’s Environmental Commitment Statement

One of only Six Resorts in the U.S. to have received Platinum Certification in the Audubon International’s rigorous eco rating program! Go Golden Arrow!

We are fortunate to live and play in the Adirondack Park. We realize a resource this precious is rare and are dedicated to taking any steps necessary to protect it not only for ourselves and our children, but for the thousands of visitors who pass through this wilderness each day. We are committed to delivering a premium guest experience while using non-intrusive, high quality, eco-friendly products. New advances are being made each day to help businesses achieve that balance between profitability and sustainability. We are committed to being vigilant in our quest to provide a fun, comfortable destination for our guests to experience this great park that we call home and maybe help them learn a little something about preserving our world in the process.

We are proud to have been the first resort in the United States to achieve Platinum status in the Audubon International’s rigorous eco rating program for environmentally friendly resorts and hotels. We are now one of ONLY SIX RESORTS IN THE USA to have received this status.

We have worked diligently to implement unique and creative environmental goals and initiatives here at the Golden Arrow. We have come to understand that “going green” is not something you are ever finished doing. It is an evolution, an “ECO-lution” if you will; and one that is continually changing with new technologies. We are committed to traveling the “green path”, continuing our education & sustainable growth. We plan to continue finding more environmentally friendly ways to use the resources we have.

Guest Experience

We are also committed to our guest comfort & satisfaction. We pledge to find the right balance between luxury & sustainability. The Guest Experience is our number one priority. We do not sacrifice guest satisfaction; rather we enhance it with our environmentally friendly resort programs, toilets, towel programs, recycling and other green programs.

If you have any suggestions, please call our Head of Housekeeping at (844) 209-8080 or send an email to info(at)golden-arrow.com Attn: Melanie.

Sustainable Hospitality – See and Hear it for Yourself

Click to Listen: Public Radio Interview with Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort received a platinum certification, their highest award, from Audubon International in their precious medal Eco-rating Program for Hotels. *There are only six other property in the world that have achieved this rating level and we are proud to be listed with them!

NY Hospitality and Tourism Association’s Good Earth Keeping Award 2015: The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association presents the “Stars of the Industry” awards annually in recognition of exemplary professionalism & exceptional service from individuals in the hospitality & tourism industry. The Good Earth keeping award searches for the “Greenest Resort in New York State” recognizes lodging properties that have developed a culture toward improving everyday operations & the bottom line, while maintaining quality service & meeting guest expectations. The Golden Arrow also won in 2009. 

Finalist in Condé Nast Traveler’s World Savers Awards 2013: Every year Condé Nast Traveler honors “airlines, tour operators, cruise lines, resorts, and hotels that demonstrate exceptional achievement in environmental and social responsibility”(cntraveler.com). We are honored to have been a finalist in their “Large Resorts” category. Hopefully next year we’ll go all the way!

DEC Environmental Excellence Award 2008: The NYS Environmental Excellence Awards honors businesses, non-governmental organizations, educational facilities, government/municipalities and individuals that have made great strides in improving and protecting New York’s environment through innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or creative partnerships. Learn more about Golden Arrow’s 2008 DEC Environmental Excellence Award.


About Your Stay


Eco-Friendly Travel at it’s Finest

Gift Bags. Repeat guests often receive welcome back bags from us. Of course the bags themselves are made of post consumer content and are recyclable themselves. However, we also think that the contents should be green as well. We put in our recycled pens, locally made gifts such as wooden coasters, and soy chap sticks. We were also pleased to include some note cards purchased from The Adirondack Council. Those moneys go directly to helping preserve the wild nature of the Adirondack Park. The Adirondack Council is the leading voice for Adirondack conservation. They are showing the world how people and nature can thrive together, keeping the Adirondack Park Forever Wild.

In-Room Recycling Program

We give our guests the opportunity to actively participate in our sustainability programs during their stays. In each guest room is a recycling bag. We ask guests to place all of their recyclable materials into these bags so we can make sure they are properly disposed of. We now have a ‘No Sort’ system so recycling is easier than ever. Since the program’s inception in June of 2007, we have seen approximately 85% guest participation! THANKS! We could not do it without your help!

Sheet/Towel Reuse Program

This is not very original, & thankfully many hotels have something similar in place. It is something that guests are very familiar with and are comfortable participating in. It is also an easy way for them to help conserve while they are visiting with us. The hotel saves approximately 1.1 million gallons of water per year with our “Do Not Change the Sheets” program. The amount of water saved is equivalent to filling our indoor pool 40 times!

The Green Quiz

All around the resort, there are beautiful picture frames made of scrap wood from one of the various construction projects around the resort and different recycled materials based on the theme of the questions in the frame. Each of these frames contains an “environmental fun facts” about the resort. Guests are given a quiz and are asked to go all around the resort finding the answers in the frames. Guests who correctly answer the questions get an earth prize to take home with them.

The Famous Green Gift Bag

Thanks for Bein’ Green Gift Bag. Any guest who travels to the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort by foot, bike, ski or hybrid car received a “Thanks for Bein’ Green” gift bag upon arrival. Just show us your mode of transportation when you arrive and claim your prize.

VIP Parking for Green Vehicles

Premier Hybrid Parking. We have created a permanent parking spot ONLY for guests who travel here in a hybrid vehicle. The spot is prime parking right near the front door.

Green Meetings

Eco-Friendly Events in Lake Placid, New York

As Lake Placid’s only Platinum rated, environmentally friendly hotel, the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort, in conjunction with Generations Restaurant, is pleased to offer Green Meetings. Not only will your event take place in a beautiful, tranquil location, every meeting and function that the Golden Arrow hosts will be held sustainably. 

Click here to see banquet facilities offered at Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort.

All meetings and events held at the Golden Arrow are Green. What this means is that we use only “real” plate ware/glasses & cutlery to cut down on waste, any waste generated is properly recycled/disposed of, all of the paper goods (including the pens) are made of post consumer content & are recyclable. We have a paperless reservations system available for groups. We do not used bottled water, rather we serve it in carafes or pitchers. Our lighting is energy efficient. If meals are required we can count on Generations to supply organic, locally produced cuisine.

We will offer the following Green Meeting features at no additional charge:

  • 100% completely recycled pens and paper
  • Bulk products using minimal packaging
  • Recycling bins
  • Glass mugs and cups
  • Water in pitchers or dispensers, not in individually packed bottles
  • Energy saving lighting
  • Biodegradable, non toxic cleaning products

More sustainable items that can be added to meetings at an additional charge:

  • Offset your meeting’s carbon footprint by retiring carbon offsets via the Adirondack Council
  • Locally grown produce
  • Organic coffee & tea
  • Organic menu selections
  • Free range products
  • Fresh fruits
  • Flavored water


We Are Eco-Friendly

Golden Arrow’s Expansive Green Programs

Click on the subjects below to learn more. 
Thank you for being a part of our environmental efforts!

Sustainable Dining at Generations
The Green Team
How much does Golden Arrow Recycle a Year?
Energy Saving Guest Rooms
Retiring 132 tons of Carbon Credits!
Eco-Friendly Water, Heating & Cooling Initiatives
Our Crushed Limestone Beach
Eco-Friendly Housekeeping
Smart Light Bulbs for a Bright Future
Incentive Program for Employees
Green Christmas Cards
Eco-Friendly Renovated Pool
Storm Water System & Oil Separator
Lobby Renovation
Eco-Friendly Road Salt
Heat Recovery System
Eco-Friendly Fitness Center
Green Roof Installation
Carpet Reclamation


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