Honey Creek Resort State Park on Lake Rathbun has been selected as having the best government recycling program by the Iowa Recycling Association.
“Iowa’s Greenest Resort” will receive the award on July 17 during the Iowa Recycling Association annual luncheon in Des Moines.
Todd Coffelt, chief of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources State Parks Bureau, gave credit to the resort’s management company, Central Group, for establishing a culture of recycling and environmental stewardship.
“We are thankful to be recognized with this award and for Central Group and its staff for their approach to achieving and improving their waste reduction strategies at the resort,” Coffelt said.
Honey Creek Resort has been a showcase for eco-friendly, sustainable practices through aggressively managing energy and water usage, reducing waste, providing an active recycling program campus-wide and food composting.
The resort received LEED certification in 2012 for its sustainable design, including geothermal heating and cooling systems; recycled content in building materials, furnishings and the resort playground; native prairie landscaping, low-flow toilets and showerheads and more.
The Preserve, an 18-hole championship golf course at the resort, has reduced its chemical use, expanded habitat areas, and uses numerous water-saving strategies. The resort’s golf course design received the National Audubon Society’s seal of approval for protecting the environment, conserving natural resources and providing wildlife habitat.
Another example is Honey Creek Resort’s Activity Center that was designed by Iowa State University students as part of a national sustainable design competition. As a net-zero energy building, it creates as much energy as it uses. Passive solar design, insulation, innovative day lighting and highly efficient appliances all contribute to the energy efficient construction.
Other examples include the resort’s outdoor lighting that minimizes “light pollution,” creating safe parking lots and walkways, but saving electricity and preserving the dark night sky for star gazing.
Bioswales, bioretention basins and native grass plantings have all been incorporated into the Honey Creek landscape to reduce and filter storm water runoff and minimize erosion into the Lake Rathbun watershed.
For more information, contact Andy Woodrick, General Manager, Honey Creek Resort State Park, 641-724-1401.