Sustainable Tourism Practices in North Carolina
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management and Reduction
Methane is prevented from escaping into the environment, instead it is captured, burned off, and used to heat blacksmith kilns. Also, on site greenhouses are heated with the methane gas from underneath, reducing the overall amount of energy needed to heat them.
Solid Waste Management, Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
On site greenhouses were donated from a local area farmer. The used greenhouses were disassembled and transported to the site.
Freshwater Consumption Reduction
Once operational, the greenhouses contain a gutter system that will allow for rainwater reuse.
Energy Efficiency, Conservation, and Management
By capturing waste heat from kilns and furnaces, overall energy consumption is reduced.
Land Use Planning and Management
From the methane gas to the reuse of previously existing buildings, no material previously found on site goes unused.
Air Quality Production and Noise Reduction
Odors are eliminated from the air through the capture and reuse of methane gas.
Preserving the Social Norms and Cultures of Local and Indigenous Communities
In keeping with the tradition of the local arts and crafts scene, local artisans can use the work area to practice their craft at a reduced price.
Providing Economic Benefits to Local and Indigenous Communities
Once fully operational, JCGEP will provide an additional 20 jobs to the local area. By offering reduced start-up and energy costs to an already flourishing arts and crafts community, they will be providing encouragement to new artisans to practice their individual crafts.
Training and Education for Employees and Clients
Clientele receive hands-on demonstrations of renewable energy, energy conservation, and sustainable building materials.
401 Grindstaff Cove Road
Sylva, NC 28779
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