"Third party certification is crucial to holding us to a higher standard and keeping us focused on more environmentally sensitive business practices," stated Hugh Morrow, President of Ruby Falls, LLC. "Since 1928, when Ruby Falls reused the limestone excavated from the cave to build the Ruby Falls building, until today, Ruby Falls is committed to another 80 years of offering one of the most unique natural attractions in the world."
- This system will produce between 16,000 and 20,000 KWH of electricity annually.
- Between our energy efficient lighting and solar offsets we will operate the cave on approx 8 to 9 months of electricity vs. 2007.
- Electricity will be sold back to the Electric Power Board for their Green Energy Program.
Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Replacing incandescents with both LED and compact fluorescent lamps
- Changing the timing and duration of lighting Adding lighting and equipment controls
- We also traded our older van used for brochure distribution for a 2009 Mercury Mariner Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient SUV on the market.
Waste Reduction and Recycling
- Source reduction - to use less material overall by altering the design, manufacture, or use of products and materials to reduce the amount of toxicity of what gets thrown away.
- Recycling - sorting, collecting, and processing materials allowing others to manufacture and sell them as new products.
- Environmentally friendly products - the remaining materials used should have a lower environmental impact
Sustainable Land Use Planning
Ruby Falls is a natural attraction. It's our responsibility to protect and preserve the natural beauty of the natural environments inside and outside the cave. Our initiatives for land use planning deal with development, environmental characteristics, and site level design. Invest in drought resistant shrubs requiring less water Evaluate capture of rain water on parking areas and basement
Guild Trail Development Land Conservation Land Trust donation