Green Efforts Continue

Ferris Wheel Display at the Festvial of Lights

All displays at the Winter Festival of Lights use energy-efficient LED lights.

Oglebay is proud to announce that all the displays at this year’s Winter Festival of Lights, which begins next week on November 9, will be using energy-efficient LED lights.  Four years ago the Winter Festival of Lights entered a new “green” era with the commitment to use LED lights in all new displays and to begin converting all existing displays to LED. “We expected the conversion to take five years so we are actually ahead of schedule,” said Caren Knoyer, Marketing Director for Oglebay.  LED lights use 85% less energy than traditional bulbs and last five times longer.


The use of LEDs at the Festival of Lights is just one of the many green initiatives that Oglebay has implemented in the past few years.  “Oglebay has 1,700 acres of year-round recreational opportunities and picturesque natural beauty, and the resort is committed to preserving and sustaining this natural beauty for generations to come,” added Knoyer.


A committee of key personnel at Oglebay meets regularly to research and discuss new ways to reduce the resort’s environmental footprint and oversees long and short-term stewardship programs.


Penny Miller, director of the Good Zoo at Oglebay said more than 4,600 pounds of electronic items were collected at the Green Halloween Recycle Day held at the zoo on October 13.  “Visitors were invited to bring in unwanted electronics free of change for recycling,” said Miller. “Electronics Recycling Services of Ohio collected the discarded PC’s, workstations, servers, laptops, printers, VCR players, cameras and other electronics, and therefore kept all these items out of the waste stream.”


The golf department at Oglebay recycled 2,400 pesticide containers last week.  Nick Janovich, Superintendent of the Jones Course at Oglebay’s Speidel Golf Club said a company from Texas comes in at the end of every golf season with a tractor trailer and grinds the material here on site.  “This keeps the plastic container and any residual chemical out of the landfill,” said Janovich.  “Our containers were ground here on site and are destined to be the plastic blocks that are used between roadside guardrails and the posts that they are attached to.  The recycled plastic absorbs impact better than the treated lumber that is traditionally used and is also a great use for pesticide-contaminated plastics.”


Janovich added that this Texas company specializes in the recycling of pesticide containers.  “I call other courses in the area and they bring their containers, too,” said Janovich.  “We’ve seen great participation from other golf courses.  The West Virginia Department of Agriculture got us involved in the program a few years ago and it is free in exchange for the recycled material.”  The material from the pesticide containers has been recycled as drainage pipe in the past but this time it was headed to be made into plastic blocks for guardrail posts.

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