Featured in the New York Times, USA Today, Conde Nast Traveler, ABC News and numerous other media, Inn Serendipity Bed & Breakfast is located on a 5.5-acre organic farm in Browntown, Wisconsin. One of fewer than a hundred "demonstration homes" for Real Goods, an Energy Star Small Business and Co-op America Green Business Network member, certified by Travel Green Wisconsin and Green Routes, Inn Serendipity serves as a showplace for energy conservation and more sustainable living. The Inn was recognized as one of the "top 10 eco-destinations in North America" by Natural Home, 2004 recipient of the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Small Business Award, and considered one of the "10 great places to tread lightly on Planet Earth" (USA Today) according to Margaret Kelly, editor of Fodor's Green Travel: World's Best Lodges and Earth-Friendly Hotels.
Inn Serendipity features, among other things, a solar hot water heating system, Lopi Endeavor woodstove, FSC-certified, sustainably harvested wood in several remodeling projects, and floor tiles used in the bathrooms which are made from recycled auto windshield glass. The Inn derives 100-percent of its energy from renewable energy sources -- mostly from the sun and wind -- making the Inn essentially "fossil fuel" free and "carbon negative". The hearty vegetarian breakfasts served to B&B guests feature fruits, vegetables and herbs from the Inn's organic gardens and features locally-made cheeses.
The following offer specific details on some of the many renewable energy and conservation efforts undertaken on the farm, home-based business and homestead:
Due, in part, to the tree re-planting underway on the farm and at the 30-acre Inn Serendipity Woods cabin property in Vernon County as well as the Inn's support of CarbonFund.org and the international tree-planting Trees for Travel program of the non-profit organization, Trees for the Future, the Inn is operating as a carbon negative business and homestead. Planting trees helps sequester carbon dioxide (CO2), the leading contributor to global warming, and serves other important ecological purposes like providing wildlife habitat and erosion control.
Download the articles featuring Inn Serendipity, Rural Renaissance and/or ECOpreneuring in:
Comprehensive Farmstead Overview and Self-guided Booklet
Print out the 20 page booklet, The Good Life Guide: A self-guided tour of Inn Serendipity & the renewable energy systems that make it possible for a more detailed overview of the renewable energy systems employed on the farm.
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