Environmental Stewardship

Installing three anaerobic digesters on site reduced our garbage to city landfills by 50%.

Installing three anaerobic digesters on site reduced our garbage to city landfills by 50%.

 

From its very beginning, in 1959, the Lodge has led by example, fostering and teaching the principles of sustainable tourism and travel. Today, Strathcona remains completely off the grid. We generate our own power, filter our own water, follow in order the three “Rs” of waste reduction  (reduce, reuse, recycle), and protect and nurture the land around it.

In 2012 we installed three Anaerobic Digesters on site.  What is an Anaerobic Digester you say.  Well,  anaerobic digestion is a series of processes in which microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.  This is very similar to how silage on a farm is made or compost (except for the oxygen).  Something of note is the uniqueness of our location and the situations that arise when dealing with garbage such as bears, cougars and other fury animals eating the garbage.  Because of this we can not compost cooked food or food with sauces on it because it attract animals, until now that is.  With the installation of anaerobic digestors we were able to reduce our garbage to the city landfill by 50 percent.  We are always looking for new innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment and are really proud to reduce our load to the landfill by 50% in one year.