Thursday, October 3, 2013

Lied Lodge and Conference Center

Going green seems to be a big trend with hotels and some meeting space venues, but it seems that these efforts are just to keep up with the trends rather than actually trying to conserve. The Lied Lodge & Conference Center has made efforts to create an upscale- rustic property that has promoted sustainability long before it was cool. Located on the same site as the Arbor Day Farm, in Nebraska City, Nebraska, the home was originally owned by J. Sterling Morton the secretary of agriculture under Grover Cleveland and the founder of Arbor Day.
            The 260 acre grounds are covered with more than 270 different varieties of fragrant trees, not including apple orchards, sunflower and wildflower fields and rolling vineyards. In between the trees in an Eco-friendly 18-hole golf course and a greenhouse are located. Not to mention a grove of hazelnut trees that are being studied by leading regional researchers and the Woodland Pavilion which Disney helped design to teach people what the world would be like without trees. A bio diesel tractor is available for farm tours and the farm has many more opportunities for education on conservation. They even provide each guest with a tree to take home with them and plant.

The lodge was built in 1993 and when constructed it was built in order to preserve, protect and conserve. The hotel’s lobby was crafted from Douglas firs, and for every tree that they cut down for construction they planted a new one. The Conference Center is IACC Certified and can accommodate up to 300 people. Wood chips are burned for the heating and cooling system and guest can even watch the process as and learn on site. All the food is farm to table including apple slices and wine from the on site vineyards.  If your interested in a visit more information is available at .

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