At Mount Olivet Conference & Retreat Center, we are committed to extending Christian hospitality to all who come here and to caring for this corner of God’s creation which has been entrusted to us. Our vision ensures that visitors will be able to enjoy the beauty of this place for years to come. Here are some of the ways we are working to sustain and nourish this part of God’s creation:
- We maintain an onsite vegetable, fruit and herb garden that includes twelve raised garden beds.
- We source food locally whenever possible. Many foods are made from scratch, including peanut butter, salad dressings and sauces. This allows us to make only what is needed and eliminate waste.
- We have decreased our use of paper products by advocating use of reusable glasses, mugs, and cloth napkins.
- Raw food waste is recycled into a compost pile that is used on the garden and flower beds.
- Environmentally friendly chemicals are used for washing dishes.
- We recycle plastics number 1-7, as well as paper products, aluminum, tin cans, glass and cardboard.
- Light bulbs have been switched from incandescent to compact fluorescent. All CFL and fluorescent light bulbs are recycled. We have also started installing LED lights in the offices and lobby and will continue that trend as LED technology improves.
- Flower clippings, spent annuals, vegetation cut off of previous year’s perennials, end of season vegetable vines and plants, and leaves are added to the compost mix.
- Chemicals are used sparingly on the grounds. Organic insecticides like neem oil, iron phosphate and Dipel (bacteria) are generally used.
- A sediment basin was installed to prevent erosion of the prairie into the lake.
- A rain garden was installed to filter runoff from the parking lot.
Your participation supports our efforts to care for this place. Here are a few ways you can help:
- Turn off heating and cooling unit in your room when you leave
- Reuse your towels
- Use fewer paper products
- Recycle plastic, paper, glass, aluminum and tin cans
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room
- Take only what you need