With the support of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), thousands of privately owned RV Parks and Campgrounds across the United States have the opportunity to Plan-It Green. Proud to take a leadership role in helping those RV parks and campgrounds understand how they can become more “green,” the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) offers its members looking to make the Earth friendly changes to their park ideas to reduce their energy and water usage, and to better manage their waste produced at the facilities, including recycling programs.
Waste Management and Recycling – By reducing the waste that will head to landfills, you will save your money through reduced purchasing and waste disposal costs.
Renewable Energy – When you chose to start using renewable energy sources; solar thermal, hydroelectricity, or wind, you will reduce your dependency on non-renewable energy sources and save money in the long run. This is a great option if you are in the process of building a new RV park or campground.
If you’re in the process of building a new RV park or campground, there are some ways to incorporate renewable building materials in the construction. Usually you can find salvaged, recovered or re-milled lumber and get a better wood product compared to a new purchase. Instead of using wood for decking or fencing, there are many new products made from recycled plastics on the market. Recycled roofing shingles are another way to incorporate a renewable building material.
Energy Consumption – This is the quickest and simplest way to save money by reducing your energy bill. Ask for an energy audit and find out specific things you can do. Change your thermostat adjustments, even just a little and you can begin to save. And if you have a campground vehicle to travel your site, try to bike instead.
Water Conservation – Some of the ways to save on your water usage is to install low flush toilets, water less urinals and shower/flow restrictors in the bathrooms. You could install drought tolerant landscaping and collect rain to use for irrigation and landscaping.
Appliances – Try to buy energy efficient models. Did you know that in the United States, 26% of all electricity generated is used to operate refrigerators? Then there are solar powered clothes dryers or even just one with a moisture sensor control.
Campgrounds need to adhere to at least 3 of the following to even have the privilege of displaying the Plan-It Green logo:
• Recycle where possible and offer recycling to RVers and campers
• If a product or chemical harms our planet, avoid it
• Conserve water and energy usage after an energy evaluation
• Compact Fluorescent Lighting or EnergyStar products are being used
• Offsetting your carbon-footprint by planting trees throughout the park
• 100% green energy to guests
• Offer Earth friendly tips to your RV and camping guests
• Keep in mind that our precious natural resources are limited