Sustainability Initiatives at Sweetwater
What We Do
At Sweetwater Branch Inn we continually increase our efforts to reduce our environmental impact, and be responsible stewards of our community. Below are highlights of our current initiatives, but certainly not everything!
Maintaining old homes reduces the demand for new construction, as well as keeping the carbon captured in the wood out of the atmosphere. We also emphasize reuse in our furnishings.
Learn more about the history of these homes.
Starting with the farm-fresh eggs from Windsor included in breakfast, we buy local where possible, and encourage our guests to visit local restaurants and shops.
No Fertilizers or Pesticides
No Plastic Water Bottles
Cups, pitchers, and reverse-osmosis purified water stations eliminate the need for plastic or disposable water bottles. It also tastes better! We have reusable water bottles available for the bicycles.
Food & Dishes
We use non-disposable dishes whenever possible, in both lodging and events. Our disposable products are eco-friendly, and we make an effort to reduce food and packaging waste wherever possible.
On Demand Water Heating
We switched to on-demand water heating, to reduce energy use.
Our pool and jacuzzi use saltwater instead of chlorine, which is better for the environment, and our guests’ skin.
The toilets throughout the property are low-impact, to reduce water use.
Complimentary Bike Rental
Bicycles for guests to ride can be found in front of the office. They’re a great way to explore downtown, the nearby bike paths, and provide an alternative to driving.
Sweetwater is also walking distance to downtown, including many restaurants, cafes, bars, and the Hippodrome Theatre. See more things to do in Gainesville.