Green Hotels Association
    October 2013  

PARK LANE:
AN ECO URBAN OASIS!

By Shakti Klalsa

12-year GHA PARTNER MEMBER Park Lane Guest House is a half-acre eco urban oasis nestled beneath the shade of the live oaks in the historic Travis Heights/SoCo (South Congress) district of Austin, TX. We are within walking distance of downtown, and near the state capitol, the Austin Convention Center, Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trails and just 2 miles from The University of Texas, Zilker Park and Barton Springs.

PLcottage

These elegant private cottages were built out of reclaimed building materials. In fact, our Tiny Texas House is built out of 100% reclaimed materials. We chose Sherwin Williams� Historic House Paint Collection paints. I used my history as a historic restoration carpenter in the Northeast to determine how and where to use the colors.

Being a TripAdvisor.com GreenLeaders Platinum certified property as of this year means continuing to provide our guests with leading-edge environmental initiatives. The fundamentals of respecting the environment are key to our long-term success.

Today we are proud to announce the installation of a solar-powered system at Park Lane. Now we will not only be conserving energy�we will be creating it. Also, any guest that has an electric car should know that we have a Level 2 charging station, and the plug-in is always free.

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We aim to reduce waste through our recycling and composting program. All of our guests are encouraged to participate in our environmental program by simply sorting their trash into the bins provided in each room and setting aside all organics to either be shared with the chickens or composted on site.

Speaking of chickens: Our chicken coop houses nine free-range hens. We have carefully selected heritage breeds and breeds that are on the endangered species watch list. We�ve just harvested the first batch of honey from our bee hive. The bees have been busy all spring and summer pollinating our fruit trees, and have yielded some very tasty honey that will be sure to top guest breakfasts in days to come. Guests are assured of having the freshest organic breakfast which will include fresh edible flowers and herbs from the garden. Our natural pool in the shade of the live oak tree is a great place to relax.

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Further greening includes:
� 100% smoke free
� Serving only organic fair-trade coffee
� No cleaning chemicals or fragrances used
GHA ALLY MEMBER EO/Small World organic personal amenities
� All 100% cotton linens and organic cotton robes
� Our organic, vegetarian breakfast includes fresh eggs from our free-range hens
� Herbs, fruits and vegetables from our garden
� Many locally-sourced products
� OrganicPedic mattresses by OMI

Want to know more? See parklaneguesthouse.com or contact Shakti Klalsa at parklanebandb@earthlink.net.

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