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Pearson's Pond inn earns Green Star certification

Posted: December 7, 2012 - 12:12am
Maryann Ray, left, owner of Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa, receives an award from Christina Grande of Green Star for their business conservation efforts during the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Maryann Ray, left, owner of Pearson's Pond Luxury Inn and Adventure Spa, receives an award from Christina Grande of Green Star for their business conservation efforts during the Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moose Lodge on Thursday.

Pearson’s Pond luxury inn and adventure spa has been recognized as one of the greenest businesses in Juneau.

Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator for Green Star Christina Grande and Technical Assistance Coordinator Joshua Sherwood presented Green Star's green business certification to Pearson’s Pond Thursday at the Chamber of Commerce lunch lecture.

The non-profit 501(c)3 Green Star organization asks that businesses reduce waste, conserve energy and prevent pollution. Businesses can voluntarily accept Green Star’s educational and technical assistance to achieve certification.

Maryann Ray owns and operates Pearson’s Pond with her daughter Rachael Ray (not that Rachael Ray) and son-in-law Rick Nelson (not that Ricky Nelson).

Ray said it took her about a year to earn Green Star certification.

“The process was rigorous,” Ray said. Green Star is “very serious about having an effective program. They make sure businesses are living a green life.”

Ray said Pearson’s Pond works hard to be environmentally conscious. Even so she said Green Star technicians were able to show her ways her business could be more efficient and green.

Ray said that folks do not need to get intimidated by trying to be more green — even if a business or homeowner doesn’t know where to start.

“Once you start digging into the problem,” Ray said. “It soon becomes second nature.”

Green Star certification is a 10-step program and requires long-term commitment to being a green company with eco-minded employees. The certification’s ten standards include recycling, reduction of hazardous materials, employee education, use of alternative transportation including bike commuting and community outreach.

Ray said the investment pays off over the long run. She expects to recoup her expenses within three to five years. She is also starting to include the Green Star certification in her marketing. Though that is not the reason she sought certification.

“I wanted to get independent verification that we were doing it right,” Ray said.

Businesses interested in becoming Green Star certified can set up a site visit by calling 907-278-7827. Find more information about Green Star at www.greenstarinc.org.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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