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Green Policy


At the A.G. Thomson House we care about the environment and take whatever steps we can to be as green and environmentally conscious as possible.  We believe it is possible to be green and eco-friendly without having to sacrifice luxury, comfort, beauty or convenience that we feel our guests deserve.  The A.G. Thomson House is proud to be a certified member of Green Routes; providing our guests a way to incorporate their values into their travels.

The A.G. Thomson House is proud to be a certifiied member of Green Routes and here’s why:

Green Routes businesses are selected by regional advisory groups made up of business owners, community leaders, and community-based organizations. Each advisory group reviews applications and nominations of businesses and decides which to include in Green Routes materials based on how each business meets the following criteria:

  • Contributes to the local economy by employing local residents, using local products and growers, and supporting local businesses.
  • Conserves and/or enhances our natural resource base (e.g. through use of renewable energy, recycling, green building techniques, wildlife habitat protection, etc.)
  • Uses sustainably produced or organically grown products.
  • Engages customers and visitors through active, personal, and meaningful participation in nature, people, places, history, and/or cultures.

The A G Thomson House Green Policy


The A G Thomson House has made a strong commitment to environmental best practice and the promotion of

environmentally friendly policies. We aim to continually improve and to identify additional opportunities that will assist our business to operate in a more environmentally responsible manner. We also aim to encourage others to do likewise.


Through a philosophy of “rethink, reduce, reuse, repair, recycle” we will identify, manage and reduce our environmental footprint by:

Energy Conservation

  • Installation of a state of the art high efficiency natural gas boiler in 2010
  • Plan for future installation of solar energy panels to provide electrical power to further reduce our carbon footprint
  • Use of timed switches and/or motion detectors on all exterior and some interior lighting
  • Purchase only Energy Star appliances
  • Use of programmable thermostats for controlling temperature in common areas
  • Use of Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL bulbs) wherever possible
  • Installation of individual climate control in guest rooms for both cooling and heating
  • Turn off heating (or cooling, as appropriate) to all unoccupied rooms

Water Conservation

  • Towel and sheets replacement policy of changing every third day, unless requested
  • Use of only environmentally-friendly green cleaners and detergents recognized as biodegradable
  • Installation of high efficiency Energy Star laundry equipment that uses less water in the cleaning process
  • Use of cold water wash, whenever possible, for laundry
  • Use of low flow and dual flush toilets to conserve water
  • Use of abundant natural mulching to retain water
  • Returning some of our 2 acre grounds to their natural state—Provides habitat for our abundant wildlife
  • Maintain less than 15% of property in a state requiring water from sprinklers
  • Avoid use of chemical herbicides and pesticides
  • Conserving water wherever practical and implementing processes and equipment to reduce water usage

Waste Reduction and Recycling

  • Implementation of an extensive recycling program for plastic, paper, and metal products–including guest area recycling bins
  • Recovery of recyclables from waste receptacles if improperly disposed of by guests
  • Use of recycled paper products whenever possible and avoid use of disposable products whenever practical
  • Use of bulk dispensers for soaps, shampoos, and conditioners
  • Delivery of one set of newspapers for the entire house, as opposed to room copies
  • Implemented extensive use of electronic documents and records, including communication, marketing, banking, record keeping, etc.
  • Donate all towels, linens, books, etc. that are no longer usable to local charities for reuse
  • Limited use of disposable cleaning products
  • Consider environmental factors in all purchasing decisions
  • Monitoring and reporting our environmental performance on a regular basis

Purchase Locally

  • Prepared breakfasts features local, seasonal, and organic produce, dairy, eggs, food and beverages whenever practical
  • Purchase as much food and supplies as we can from local producers and the local farmers’ markets and food coop
  • Provide single-source, fair trade and locally roasted coffee from Alakef in Duluth, Minnesota
  • Use of home grown herbs seasonally
  • Contribute generously to charitable organizations at the local, national, and international levels
  • Invest only in socially responsible funds and companies