Upgrading Turning Stone’s Central Utility Plant
In 2019, the Nation completed an upgrade to its Central Utility Plant (CUP), which runs on natural gas and supplies energy to the Turning Stone campus. This state-of-the-art generator captures unused heat and steam and recycles it to generate steam energy, which provides clean power throughout the entire resort. It is designed to provide more than two-thirds of the electric, heating and cooling needs of the resort, reduce demands on the region’s power grid and increase the reliability of the power supply for the resort.
Clean the World
The Oneida Indian Nation works closely with the nonprofit Clean the World, whose innovative waste-reduction program enables hotels to recycle leftover soaps and shampoos. These products are then distributed to impoverished communities around the world, helping to prevent millions of hygiene-related illnesses and deaths every year.
The Nation’s program with Clean the World has collected more than 36,600 pounds of used hygiene products, which have then been recycled to create more than 195,000 bars of soap for communities in need.
Wáhtaʼ Maple Farm
The Oneida Indian Nation’s newest business enterprise, Wáhta’ Maple Farm, is located on Oneida Indian Nation lands and creates premium-grade, certified-organic syrup in a variety of flavor profiles with a sustainable approach to sugaring that minimizes environmental impact. It also expands understanding of the rich cultural and historical value of maple trees and sap among the Oneida people.
Wáhta’ Maple Farm creates a traceable product that is grown, processed, and produced on the Nation’s ancestral homelands using small-batch production methods to achieve the highest standard of quality. To support this new enterprise, the Nation is expanding its existing maple stock by planting hundreds of new trees on its ancestral homelands.
Other environmental initiatives include:
Recycling More Than Just Bottles and Cans
Turning Stone recycles an average of 310 pounds of shredded paper every day, and recycles more than 20,000 gallons a year of fat from restaurant fryer oil to produce biofuel. The culinary team now sources select products that are in recyclable plastic pouches rather than large unrecyclable steel cans. Because of the Nation’s comprehensive recycling program, nearly 25,000 pounds of linens, more than 900,000 plastic and glass bottles, and 57 tons of paper are kept out of landfills every year. The Nation also no longer distributes plastic straws, unless requested by guests, saving the plastic from landfills.
Water-Based Cleaning Solutions
The Nation recently began working with Orbio Technologies to introduce water-based solutions to clean all public areas throughout Turning Stone. This technology enables cleaning equipment to achieve quality results while eliminating the hazards and environmental footprint of chemical cleaning products.
Eco-Friendly Golf Courses
Turning Stone’s Shenendoah, Kaluhyat and Atunyote golf courses are officially certified Signature Sanctuaries by Audubon International for demonstrating continued commitment to the environment. These courses meet extensive standards for protecting water quality and conserving natural resources and were designed to safeguard existing wetlands, native plant life and animal habitats.
The Oneida Indian Nation uses water from its drainage systems and reclaimed city water to irrigate Turning Stone’s award-winning grounds and golf courses.
Reducing the Impact of Invasive Species
During the summer of 2019, the Nation conducted activities to reduce the presence and impact of two types of aquatic invasive species located on Nation lands within the Great Lakes Basin. These activities consisted of physical removal of water chestnut from Oneida Indian Nation marina locations at Oneida Lake and the destruction of giant hogweed along Sconondoa Creek.