In addition to its innovative program with Clean the World to recycle leftover soap and shampoo, the Oneida Nation implements environmentally friendly practices at its businesses year-round.
Today, on Earth Day, the Oneida Indian Nation renews its commitment and partnership with the non-profit Clean the World. The innovative program to recycle leftover soaps and shampoos from Turning Stone hotels has generated tremendous results since first launching in 2014. Since launch, the Oneida Nation’s program with Clean the World has collected more than 20,000 pounds of used hygiene products for sanitary recycling, along with more 7,000 pounds of plastic. The collected hygiene products from the hotels at Turning Stone have been recycled to create over 57,000 bars of soap. Turning Stone started participating in the program to have hygiene products from the resort sanitarily recycled and repurposed for emergency relief efforts and to be delivered to developing countries and homeless shelters.
“Through innovative programs and partnerships, like the one we have with Clean the World, or through simple actions like using LED lights, protecting the planet and supporting environmental sustainability is essential and at the forefront of our business practices,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO.
Founded upon Oneida Indian Nation values, Turning Stone uses water from its drainage systems and reclaimed city water to irrigate the resort’s grounds and golf courses. Additionally, Turning Stone utilizes LED lights and photo sensors that adjust to natural daylight to conserve electricity. Special roof coating materials are also used throughout the facility to extend the rubber’s life and keep the materials cooler on hot days, thus reducing the amount of work required from the air conditioning systems.
Ecofriendly Golf Courses
The Shenendoah, Kaluhyat and Atunyote golf courses have been officially certified as Signature Sanctuaries by Audubon International for demonstrating continued commitment to the environment. These eco-friendly courses meet extensive and significant standards for protecting water quality and conserving natural resource and were designed to safeguard existing wetlands, native plant life and animal habitats. The grounds are carefully maintained to respect the diverse population of wildlife, including deer, foxes and nearly 100 species of birds.
Ongoing Green Initiatives
• The Oneida Nation Resource Recovery Center was created to collect, sort, and resell recycled materials; including old uniforms, electronics and wooden pallets.
• An average of 310 lbs. of shredded paper is gathered each day from Turning Stone Resort departments
• Each year, nearly 25,000 pounds of linens, more than 900,000 plastic and glass bottles and 57 tons of paper were kept out of landfills.
• By partnering with Clean the World, Turning Stone provided more than 36,000 bars of soap to help people in need of hygiene products last year, recycling 4,000 pounds of plastic and 11,000 pounds of waste.
The Oneida Nation has also implemented the following environmental initiatives and practices:
• Evaluation of vendors: special attention is paid to align with vendors who also implement environmentally-friendly programs and make an on-going effort to improve local communities
• Battery recycling
• Shifting from propane-powered forklifts to electric
About the Oneida Indian Nation
The Oneida Indian Nation is a federally recognized Indian nation in Central New York. A founding member of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy (also known as the Six Nations or Iroquois Confederacy), the Oneida Indian Nation sided with the Americans in the Revolutionary War and was thanked by Congress and President George Washington for its loyalty and assistance. Today, the Oneida Nation consists of about 1,000 enrolled Members, most of them living in Central New York. The Nation’s enterprises, which employ more than 4,500 people, include Turning Stone Resort Casino, Yellow Brick Road Casino, the SāvOn chain of gas stations and convenience stores, RV Park, three marinas, Indian Country Today Media Network – the premier national multi-media source for American Indian news and information, and Four Directions Productions – a 3D animation HD cinematography studio. Proceeds from these enterprises are used to rebuild the Nation’s economic base and provide essential services, including housing, health care, and education incentives and programs, to its Members.