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Woodall's & National ARVC "Green-Friendly" Park Program



plan it green logoIn a continuing effort to preserve our environment and to encourage parks to become more eco-friendly, Woodall's has partnered with ARVC (the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds) to create the Woodall’s / ARVC Plan It Green "Green-Friendly" Park Program. With some guidance from Leave No Trace, an organization dedicated to the responsible enjoyment of the outdoors, Woodall's and ARVC have developed some “green-friendly” criteria that RV parks and campgrounds must meet in order to earn the designation of being "green-friendly" on woodalls.com.

While parks that participate in ARVC's "Plan It Green" program are required to adopt a minimum of three eco-friendly practices, such as offering recycling programs for their guests, planting trees to offset carbon emissions or avoiding the use of chemicals that are harmful to the environment, parks that want to be designated "green-friendly" through Woodall's must have at least nine of the following 18 criteria. This special distinction will appear on Woodall's website and in the 2011 campground directories.

Park has or uses:
  • Tankless water heaters

  • Motion sensors for lighting in bathrooms and clubhouses

  • Energy-efficient light bulbs

  • Non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products

  • Water-saving showerheads and/or faucets with automatic shutoff taps

  • Recycle bins for cans, paper, glass and plastic

  • Energy-saving appliances

  • Eco-friendly and "Leave No Trace" tips and education for guests

  • Landscaping that uses wood chip, pebble, paved or grass paths to decrease soil erosion

  • "Reduce Water Usage" signage for guests around the park

  • One or more of the following: lighting, heaters and/or coolers with timers

  • Solar or wind power

  • Low flush toilets or waterless urinals

  • Grey water access (if allowed in state)

  • On-site organic composting

  • Email confirmations rather than paper to minimize paper waste

  • Geothermal heating and cooling

  • A program for frequent tree planting

Parks that qualify and are both a Woodall's park and an ARVC member park will also receive designation for being "green-friendly" on the Go Camping America website.

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