For Immediate Release:

April 20, 2018

Media Contact:
Lisa Burns
Executive Director, FLRTC
O: 585-484-8844
C: 585-410-1528
Sustainable & Green
Finger Lakes Keeps "Eco-Friendly" Top of Mind
Pittsford, N.Y. -  Eagle Crest and O-Ned-Da Vineyards in the Finger Lakes have been using solar power since 2015. So has Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Hunt Country Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, Two Goats Brewing Company, Iron Flamingo Brewery and dozens of other craft beverage producers (beer, wine, spirits, cider) across the Finger Lakes region. This movement is not new, but it is trending region-wide as businesses turn their attention to sustainability and focus on decreasing the impact they have on the environment.
 
As Earth Day approaches, the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council, the official 14-county tourism promotion agency as recognized by I Love NY, is promoting those businesses in the vacation region that share this eco-friendly vision - from B&Bs to wineries, and everything in between.
 
Eco-Friendly & Sustainable
 
Los Gatos Bed & Breakfast in Yates County features from scratch breakfasts made with local ingredients, home baked breads, and fresh eggs - from their very own chickens! A vertical hydroponic garden produces fresh strawberries from June to October, and artichoke, zucchini, apples, pears, apricots, and other produce are also grown on site. Custom coffee blends and homemade jams and syrups are all part of the experience at Los Gatos. They grace the menu and are available for visitors to purchase and take home their favorites.
 
In addition to the local fare, the property has solar panels on site to assist with sustainability - all part of an eco-friendly vision shared at this Finger Lake retreat. 
 
Hawk Meadow Farm , located near the southern edge of the Finger Lakes National Forest in Trumansburg, NY, is known for following organic methods and sustainable practices in all that they do. Their farm is inspired by the principles of permaculture - the development of agricultural ecosystems that are self-sufficient - fitting right in with the owner's desire to work in harmony with nature. The farm specializes in log-grown woodland mushrooms like shiitake and medicinal tinctures made from their own mushrooms and produces herbs and maple syrup on site.
 
Visitors can experience the farm via a private tour. They'll pay a visit to the mushroom yard, while learning about growing shiitake outdoors on logs, and develop an understanding of how Hawk Meadow shares and respects the earth in all that they do.
 
Inspire Moore Winery takes eco-friendly to the next level - focusing on sustainable practices from vineyard all the way to tasting room. Starting with the wine-making process, they compost all the grape pomace left over from harvest and utilize the compost in the vineyard and garden. In the cellar, colloidal cleaner is used to sterile the tanks - free of phosphates and chlorine and requiring only a water rinse, no acid neutralizers. Their cleaners work at lower temperatures, reducing energy consumption.
 
The corks used in every bottle of Inspire Moore wine are recyclable and sealed without capsules. The bottles housing their wine are screen printed without paper labels. Even in the tasting room and café, food scraps are sorted and fed back to the chickens or go into the compost pile and fertilize an on-site farm garden.
 
Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum  is green - from their mission to the practices employed at their 12,000 square foot sustainable facility. The nature center focuses on leading and supporting education and preservation efforts within the region, starting with their own operations - geothermal technology for heating and cooling, 36 solar panels for energy, and in-house composting system and rain barrels to capture roof water runoff for refilling of the center's ponds and watering plants.
 
For visitors, Tanglewood maintains over ten miles of trails and provide homes for more than 40 native and exotic animals. They provide educational programming year-round for all ages, always supporting an eco-friendly message as they encourage others to care for the natural environment.
 
The Rochester Museum & Science Center  features many green initiatives throughout its downtown campus and is one of the first in the city to install these innovative and eco-friendly practices. Green infrastructure on-site reduces the amount of storm water runoff by collecting rainwater and soaking it back into the ground. New porous pavement in the parking lot and sidewalks reduce runoff as well, by infiltrating the water and reducing ice formation in the winter - also eliminating the need for salt. Rain gardens, a green roof, rain barrels and storm water tree pits also grace the campus.
 
Visitors can participate in the initiative too. A treadle pump, a human-powered suction pump, allows guests to pump collected rainwater out of the rain barrels and onto a rain garden. The museum also supports its eco-friendly initiative inside the museum, connecting the dots between science, technology, and engineering with environmental and societal impacts.
 
Eco-Tourism
 
To celebrate Earth Day, locals and visitors to the region alike are encouraged to "think green" and support the local environment by visiting one of the region's many state parks and natural wonders.
 
The  Sterling Nature Center, fo r example, is a great place to enjoy the beauty of the earth on Earth Day. With 1400 acres, including 2 miles of Lake Ontario shore and 5 miles of Hiking Trails, the nature center has a diversity of habitats, public programs, a picnic shelter, observation decks, exhibits, and a canoe launch into Sterling Creek. It offers amazing birding at their rookery with multiple nests for the Great Blue Heron and is open dawn to dusk, year-round.
 
The Montezuma Wildlife Refuge stretches across 9,809 acres and through three Finger Lakes communities - Seneca, Wayne, and Cayuga. In the spring, the visitors center opens for the season, as does the 3.5-mile Wildlife Drive. A refuge to many animals - waterfowl, herons, white-tailed deer, muskrat, fox, coyote and mink - Montezuma also serves as an outdoor classroom educating visitors about wildlife and natural resources. It is home to six active bald eagle nests, which is a sight to see at any time of year.
 
And at the former Seneca Army Depot, visitors can delight in spotting the largest herd of white, white-tailed deer in the world. These beautiful creatures are serenely living right in the heart of the Finger Lakes region and can (sometimes) be seen on a 90-minute guided tour through the depot.
 
Sustainable, green, and eco-friendly practices are found all around the Finger Lakes vacation region. Find out more at www.fingerlakestravelny.com .
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The Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

The breathtaking Finger Lakes takes its name from eleven lakes spanning the region like a giant handprint, stretching from its easternmost point in Onondaga County to its westernmost border in Livingston County, near Letchworth State Park. Boasting a mix of nature trails and natural beauty, wineries and breweries scattered across the region, and quaint villages close to large metropolitan areas, the Finger Lakes Vacation Region has a plethora of tourist attractions within its borders.

In January 2014, the 14 Official County Tourism Promotion Agencies of the Finger Lakes Vacation Region formed a 501(c)(3) organization known as the Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council (FLRTC). The FLRTC Board includes representation from all 14 TPAs and counties: Cayuga, Chemung, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Onondaga, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates. For information about attractions and events throughout the Finger Lakes region, visit www.fingerlakestravelny.com or call 1-888-408-1693.