GRI G3 COMPLIANT SUSTAINABILITY REPORT, Fiscal Year 2008

ENOTA, INC. GRI REPORT: SELF-DECLARED

PREPARED BY: GREGORY S.K. NESS; Phone 001 706 896 6324; E-mail, enota@enota.com or gregness@usa.net

I. PROFILE

Sustainability Overview

Although this is our first sustainability report, Enota has long pursued sustainability in its operations; it is at the core of our business as we promote respect and appreciation for this sacred land and all of its occupants and guests. However, as a young organization, we intend to use this Report, and subsequent drafts, as a guidance document or “eco-tool” to identify key areas for improvement and a method for tracking our progress. We aspire to lead by example in Georgia as a leading resort practicing sustainable techniques, and through this leadership benefit as a business.

Core Organizational Values

Our values describe how we see ourselves and how we want to be perceived as an environmental organization

Inspiring: We are innovative, imaginative and committed to environmental conservation. We are committed to delivering a unique resort or retreat experience for our customers. In fulfilling our passion, we have the ability to inspire ourselves and our guests.

Spiritual: Enota is Cherokee for “land that nourishes”; and was historically sacred Cherokee land. Enota is committed to preserving this sacred, spiritual land through conservation and environmental education

Passionate: At Enota, we are passionate, conscientious and proactive protectors of the environment.

Trustworthy: To our guests, friends and staff we act with integrity, honesty and deliver on our commitments. We respect the environment and social responsibility is at the core of our values.

Nourishing: Enota is committed to providing its staff and guests with fresher, better tasting and healthier foods. The majority of the food served on our site is either grown at our organic farm or grown locally by family farms. Farming has long been a way of life in north Georgia and is a central part of our community; we are committed to helping such farms stay profitable, and thus preserve the rural landscape.

SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT SUMMARY


OUR STAKEHOLDERS

Guests

Volunteers

Towns County

City of Hiawassee

Georgia

Environmental , Spiritual and Organic Networks

USDA

United States Forest Service

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

GEFA

Department of Energy

Environmental Protection Agency

United States Army Corps of Engineers

Vendors

QCS

GRI

OUR ECONOMIC IMPACTS

Although the economy is global, Enota is committed to preserving the vitality of the local component of this economy. Where possible, Enota uses its purchasing power to create and sustain local jobs and pay taxes that benefit the local community.

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

Conservation of Land

Environmental Awareness for Guests and Volunteers

Transportation to/from local suppliers

Energy Use

Waste/Recycling

OUR SOCIAL IMPACTS

Social/Community/Spiritual Services to Clients

Labor/Human Rights in Supply Chain

Supporting local growers through purchasing and hiring local independent contractors for routine work/major projects

MAJOR STRENGTHS

Network of Committed Environmentalists Performing Majority of Work on a Pro Bono Basis

Market Niche

Unique Location

MAJOR WEAKNESSES

No Formalized Marketing Plan

Daily tasks associated with running the retreat take time away from environmental initiatives

No grant money awarded in 2008

MAJOR OPPORTUNITIES

Becoming self-sustainable

Hydropower permit

Potential grants to support alternative energy and farming projects such as through the USDA and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Potential business from the burgeoning green industry sector

MAJOR CHALLENGES

Expanding our financial resources through grants and direct donations

Current weak economic environment

Staff currently in flux



 

II. ORGANIZATION PROFILE

Enota, Incorporated was organized as a 501(c) non-profit service based corporation in Georgia in 2002 (current registration) and organized pursuant to the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code. Dr. Susan “Suan” L. Freed, a non-practicing Chiropractor, serves as trustee for the non-profit corporation. Bill Parker has served as manager of Enota, Inc. since 2004. Gregory “Greg” S.K. Ness, our Director of Sustainability, an environmental attorney, and pro-bono counsel for Enota, Inc. prepared the Report with substantial stakeholder input. Enota is ninety-percent (90%) operated by volunteer staff; such employees coming to work at Enota from across the nation, with this year’s group originating from Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Missouri and Oregon.

 

ABOUT ENOTA MOUNTAIN RETREAT

This sustainability report (the “Report”) covers Enota Incorporated (“Enota”) for the financial year from November 2007 to November 2008 (“FY2008”). We are a unique 501(c) non-profit charitable, educational, and spiritual organization operating an eco-resort and educational facility located at the foot of approximately 750,000 acres of the Chattahoochee National Forest in Hiawassee, Towns County, Georgia, United States of America, and situated approximately two hours north from the City of Atlanta metro area. Enota operates its resort on sixty (60) +/- acres and is transected by five pristine mountain streams and four waterfalls. On-site activities for guests and staff include:  Fishing, waterfalls, trout ponds, biking, hiking, animal sanctuary and a playground. During the 2008 reporting period we served numerous guests and hosted several retreats, including groups from the following organizations: Morehouse College, Spelman College, Church of St. Andrews, First Baptist Barnesville, Boy Scout troops, Alpine Program and David Wolfe Raw Foods.

Enota operates a multi-occupant eco-resort, which allows guests from the southeast region and beyond to experience the tranquility of the north Georgia mountains and witness our environmental stewardship in action. Enota is unique in that it has never been used for cattle grazing and has never had any pesticides or chemicals used on it, thus enabling us to offer our guests some of the cleanest air and water available. Rated as one of the best 100 retreat facilities nationwide by Woodall’s® campground directory, Enota can house large and small groups with a choice of lodging, meals and meeting spaces. Additionally, Enota has a USDA certified organic farm on the site (discussed in detail infra), which allows guests to observe traditional agricultural practices and taste the produce produced on-site in meals prepared in our multi-staged kitchen (traditional, vegetarian, vegan and raw).

The Facilities:

Enota can accommodate up to 250 individuals and has numerous options for keeping our guests comfortable during their visit to our retreat including: 1) The “Dakota” Dormitory with eighteen furnished rooms; 2) four single occupancy cabins with one bed each; 3) six furnished cabins with a total of twenty eight beds; 4) three units adjacent to a waterfall comprising a total of fourteen rooms and 5) thirty-three RV sites. The majority of our volunteer staff resides on the premises in a multi-room dormitory situated adjacent to our organic farm.

Historically, the Cherokee Indians lived and cared for the property until it was ceded to Georgia settlers in 1819. Having abundant water, the site then became the location of a mill and farm for 100 years. Then, in the 1930's the Civilian Conservation Corps improved the property with a substantial portion of the present-day facilities, which they used as a staging area while building the lookout tower on Brasstown Bald mountain. Subsequently, the YMCA used the area for approximately fifty years as a nature camp for Georgia youth. In 1998, one day prior to the property being sold to developers that were planning to improve the property with a gated community, the property was purchased by Dr. Susan “Suan” L. Freed (trustee of Enota, Inc.) with the intent of preserving the property; Enota was born and continues to develop into a first class eco-retreat and conservation educational facility.

 

III. REPORT PARAMETERS

The Report encompasses first annual Enota’s FY 2008. Because this is our first Report, no significant changes are reportable from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary or measurement methods applied in the report. Our reporting standard follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (“GRI”) G3 Guidelines (Third Generation) (the “Guidelines”). The “GRI” refers to the global network of many thousands worldwide that create the reporting framework, use it in disclosing their sustainability performance, demand its use by organizations as the basis for information disclosure, or are actively engaged in improving the standard. The Guidelines are the world’s most widely used and trusted sustainability reporting framework, and GRI is committed to their continuous improvement and application worldwide. The Guidelines follow a broad multi-stakeholder consensus based approach and provide universal guidance for sustainability reporting. As of January 2009, only 1,500 corporations worldwide have taken the pioneering step to report their sustainability actions using the Guidelines; we are excited to be within the roster of this innovative group. The framework used in this Report sets out the principles and indicators that organizations such as ours can use to measure and report their economic, environmental, and social performance. The guidelines comprise Reporting Principles, Reporting Guidance and Standard Disclosures, which encompass the Performance Indicators.

As such, the Report meets GRI’s Application Level C, which indicates that Enota, Inc has reported on several core sustainability indicators (or explained why they were omitted), but has not gone through an external assurance process. In order to bring our initial Report to fruition, our sustainability team used the GRI Boundary Protocol and the associated GRI Reporting principle to determine what information was germane to the Report. Because Enota’s business is exposing its guests to sustainability and conservation, all work conducted by Enota’s staff volunteers is considered material and is included in our calculations.

Our Report is published on the Enota website (available at http://www.enota.com) and is freely available to the public. We hope that visitors to both our website and facility will take the opportunity to read the Report and provide us with feedback. We want this report to fulfill three objectives: (1) share information about sustainability with guests and our environmental peers across the country; (2) fulfill our responsibility to our former guests and volunteers to report our sustainability performance; and (3) lead by example within the state of Georgia.

As such, your views are important to us and we are actively seeking feedback from the public on the content of our Report and our future strategic direction. If you would like to comment on any aspect of the Report, please contact Greg Ness at gregness@usa.net or Dr. Suan Freed at +001 706 896 9966 or e-mail us at enota@enota.com.

For questions regarding the Global Reporting Initiatives, or the G3 Guidelines, please contact us, or GRI directly at the following:

Global Reporting Initiative
P.O. Box 10039
1001 EA
Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31(0) 20 531 00 00

 

External Guidance

Enota uses the following external charters, standards and guidelines in formulating our business strategy and decision-making processes:

Current:

Universal Declaration of Human Rights
ILO Standards of Labor Rights
AA 1000 Accountability Series
Global Reporting Initiative
UN Global Compact
USGBC LEED for Existing Buildings
High Level of Personal Integrity

Anticipated in 2010:

Green Globe®

Green Globe is the worldwide benchmarking and certification program for the travel and tourism industry. The program measures performance in nine areas: greenhouse gas emissions; energy efficiency; freshwater use; waste water management; air quality protection and noise control; solid waste minimization; reuse and recycling; ecosystem impact; land use; and local social, cultural and economic impact.

 

IV. GOVERNANCE, COMMITMENTS AND ENGAGEMENT

Stakeholder Engagement

During our first reporting period, and based on geographical, political, service-based or employment relationships and/or proximity, we engaged with and continue to solicit input from:

Our Clients

As a mountain retreat that often attracts spiritual associations, church groups and others seeking to experience our pristine surroundings, we work intimately with our clients and solicit comments in the form of reviews posted on our website and on discussion forums available on the internet.

Our Staff Volunteers

Enota is operated primarily by volunteers that are committed to conservation and sustainability. Since its inception, Enota has been fortunate to have many energetic volunteers reside and work on the property thus enabling Enota to remain a high caliber environmental retreat. As of March 2009, Enota currently has approximately thirteen (13) volunteers serving in various capacities. We are proud of the dedication that our volunteer employees have in achieving the level of service and environmental stewardship indicative of a first rate environmental retreat. Every effort is made to encourage and help our volunteers to realize their maximum potential.

During preparation of the Report, Greg Ness, our Director of Sustainability, attended daily morning meetings to update and engage staff regarding sustainable development and the benefits of addressing it. Additionally, all staff members were encouraged to read and comment on the Report in draft form before its publication.

Our local community

Our goal for the 2010 year is to continue to reach out to the local and proximate Atlanta community and develop relationships with many of the numerous environmental groups that have recently formed during the past few years. Established environmental groups such as Sierra Club, Eco-Action and the World Wildlife Fund will also be contacted by our marketing team. With a marketing plan in place, we feel that Enota is an ideal place for many of these organizations to hold meetings, seminars, or to simply retreat from the hustle of city. Specifically, during the following year, Enota will send representatives to Atlanta area environmental networking events such as the United States Green Building Council, Atlanta Chapter, monthly Green Scene event, as well as the Green Wednesdays.

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Enota is primarily under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (“EPD”). As stated on their public website, the EPD is charged with protecting Georgia's air, land, and water resources through the authority of state and federal environmental statutes. Such regulations govern public and private facilities in the areas of air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, water supply, solid waste, surface mining, underground storage tanks, and others. EPD issues and enforces all state permits in these areas and has full delegation for federal environmental permits except Section 404 (wetland) permits. As such, Enota frequently works with EPD mountain district staff, such as Dr. Bert Langley, in order to make sure our actions comply with relevant published regulations in order to protect and preserve our portion of Georgia.

United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is a federal agency managed under the United States Department of Agriculture. The Creative Act of 1891 created the forest reserves from land that was public domain. Congress passed the Organic Act of 1897 to improve and protect forests or secure favorable water flows and to furnish a continuous supply of timber for citizens of the United States. The Act of February 1, 1905 placed the administration of the Nation's forest reserves under the Department of Agriculture. Enota is located immediately adjacent to one such forest reserve, the Chattahoochee National Forest, birthplace of the Appalachian Trail. Current estimates indicate that wildlife is abundant in the forest; for example, the deer populations is approximately 30,000 animals and the bear population is an estimated 600 animals. The Forest Service is charged with preserving this area, but nature has no boundaries, and as neighbors, we must constantly remain vigilant about how our actions affect the wilderness and its inhabitants.

Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (“BRMEMC”)

BRMEMC is the main distributor of electricity in northeast Georgia and will be one of our points of contact regarding future renewable energy strategies at the facility.

Tennessee Valley Authority (“TVA”)

TVA is the primary supplier of power to BRMEMC. The Georgia counties served by TVA power are Catoosa, Chattooga, Fannin, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Towns (our county), Union, Walker, and Whitfield. The TVA service area in Georgia covers about 3,300 square miles. As the supplier of power to our distributor, we anticipate working closely with TVA regarding our renewable energy strategies.

 

GRI G3 PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE INDICATORS


GRI Indicator

Description: Economic

Our Performance from 2008-2009

EC1

Economic value generated and distributed including revenues, operating costs, employee compensations, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments

Not applicable in part because we did not have paid staff at the time of the Report

EC2

Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organization’s activities due to climate change

Our primary financial risk from climate change is increasing energy costs associated with electricity associated with the cabins and retreat facilities and transportation (on-site service vehicles and trips for supplies from vendors). Enota recognizes potential improvement in this area by permitting our hydropower facility, investigating the installation of solar applications, completely replacing incandescent bulbs in the cabins and in some instances offsetting emissions with RECs

EC3

Coverage of the organization’s defined benefit plan obligations

Not applicable because we did not have paid staff at the time of the Report

EC4

Significant financial assistance received from government

Not applicable because we are a non-profit corporation . However, Enota anticipates applying for renewable energy funding from GEFA under ARRA

EC5

Range of ratios of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation

Enota is a 501(c) volunteer run company. In situations where the volunteers need special assistance regarding a project, we higher skilled independent contractors from the surrounding area

EC6

Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally-based suppliers at significant locations of operation

Our major expenses are for food products that are not currently grown on premises, such as certain types of greens; the majority of such products come from local sources or other sustainable/organic farms

EC7

Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation

Our volunteer program attracts talented, environmentally committed individuals from throughout the nation. In the event a local volunteer staff member applies to live and work at the resort, and meets our hiring criteria, such individual is welcome to join our group, regardless of their state/country of origin

EC8

Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro bono engagement

None

EC9

Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts

We donate approximately 300 equivalent hours in pro bono services to local groups annually


ENVIRONMENT

Environment Overview

During the 2008 season, in addition to our standard guests, which reside in cabins, dormitories, RVs and tents, we hosted a large number of retreats for a variety of organizations. This combination of increased use of the facility inherently results in more environmental impact. Note that we did not consider the impacts of our guests related to their petroleum consumption traveling to and from our property.

Organic Farm

Enota’s entire sixty (60) acres is certified organic (first certified in 2006) with Quality Organic Services (“QCS”). QCS Offers organic certification accredited by the USDA National Organic Program and USDA ISO Guide 65. For the 2009 growing season, Enota intends to plant, grow and harvest (as applicable) the following crops/products organically on our approximately four (4) acre mixed-vegetable farm: 1) eggplant (Solanum melongena), 2) peppers (Capsicum annuum), 3) carrots (Daucus carota) , 4) onions (Allium cepa), 5) beets (Beta vulgaris), 6) tomatoes (Solanum lycopersicum), 7) cucumbers (Cucumis sativus), 8) okra (Abelmoschus esculentus), 9) asparagus (Asparagus officinalis), 10) strawberries (Frageria ananassa), 11) melons (f. Cucurbitaceae), 12) pumpkins (Id.), 12) cabbage (Brassica oleracea) 13) bee products (honey, pollen and wax) and 14) wildharvested species (mushrooms and herbs). For such species listed above, to the best of our knowledge, we do not use treated seeds. In lieu of pesticides use, and in keeping with our philosophy, we use the following sustainable disease prevention strategies, crop rotation, plant spacing, selection of plant species/varieties for disease resistance, timing of planting/cultivating, soil balancing, soil solarization and companion planting.

Currently, our farming operation is in its infancy and it primarily serves as an education system, growing for our own consumption on the premises. However, we are in the process of submitting applications for several agricultural grants that are expected to enable us to expand our operations.

Carbon Footprint/Alternative Fuels

We are currently exploring ways to achieve carbon neutrality primarily through the use of renewable fuel sources. Specifically, we have a fully functioning micro-electric hydropower plant capable of running our main lodge (estimated 28 kW output). Enota, which has two waterfalls: 200 and 400 feet, has more than enough hydro power to supply most of our electricity needs. During the reporting period the entire resort used approximately 200,000 kW of electricity that was supplied by our local carrier Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation, which was generated by TVA

Solar

Additionally, we have explored the option of using solar panels to generate electricity for our guest facilities. In October 2008, students from Tennessee Technological University, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, directed by Dr. Ali T. Alouani, prepared a solar design project assignment for our property. The solar system was to be implemented into one of the log cabins that are available for rent to our guests, and to serve as a demonstration of renewable power. We are currently in planning stages with Asheville, North Carolina based, FLS Energy, Inc. regarding the incorporation of solar thermal and solar photovoltaic power at our facility.

Within the next three years Enota hopes to successfully install a solar system as module prices are compressed and become more economically feasible related to our budget.

Carbon Offset Purchase Option

Being fully aware that the permitting process for a hydropower plant is arduous in our power service area, we anticipate exploring the option of purchasing carbon offsets during the interim. We anticipate purchasing carbon offsets (formerly referred to as Green Tags) from non-profit group Bonneville Environmental Foundation®.

Office Infrastructure

Because we are essentially a self-contained retreat facility, our operations do not require significant trips beyond the property, and such trips are minimized and consolidated where possible. Additionally, the reception desk is generally operated by one individual that resides on the property with the rest of our volunteer staff. As such, our operation protocol prevented approximately 12,578 commuting miles (based on the national commuting average of 11.1 miles or 24.4 minutes). Based on the above estimates, regarding this operational facet alone, we were able to prevent the emission of approximately 4.3 tonnes of carbon release associated with employee commuting.

Propane Use

In 2008 Enota used approximately 7,500 gallons of propane gas, primarily for cooking and heating. For space heating areas such as our offices, furnaces powered by natural gas or propane are the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases. Electric heat pumps, fuel oil furnaces, electric baseboards, and electric furnaces all produce significantly higher GHG emissions; none of which are used on the property. Of the various hydrocarbon fuels, propane is one of the more environmentally benign in the group, and is not a greenhouse gas when released directly into the atmosphere according to measurements reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but naturally produces carbon dioxide in addition to water when burned. However, at the point of use, propane has a lower carbon content than gasoline, diesel, heavy fuel oil or ethanol and is an approved clean alternative fuel under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. It is also an exceptionally safe fuel: well maintained propane tanks are generally twenty (20) times more puncture resistant than gasoline tanks, and propane has the lowest flammability range of all alternative fuels. Nevertheless, combusted propane inherently creates GHG emissions (average carbon coefficient) at a rate of 62.7 kg CO2 (kilogram carbon)/mBTU (thousand British thermal units), and approximately 0.0015 ton of greenhouse gases is produced per pound of propane consumed.

Enota is committed to being independent from fossil fuels such as propane through the immediate use of its hydropower plant within the next two years, and eventually through the use of solar energy.

Coffee and Tea

Our guests and volunteers frequently enjoy their favorite cup of tea or coffee in the morning or evenings, which can create a substantial amount of plastic or paper waste at a moderate volume resort such as ours. In order to reduce the energy and waste involved in producing, transporting and disposing of such waste, we use ceramic mugs, which over their life cycle of use have the potential to produce thirty times less solid waste and sixty times less air pollution than the equivalent drinks in disposable paper or foam cups. Additionally, where possible we use coffee, tea and chocolate from Equal Exchange, Inc., a worker-owned cooperative and Fair Trade supplier that supports farmer cooperatives, pays a fair price for harvests and supports sustainable agriculture.

The Kitchen

All our meals are produced on-site; therefore we produce none of the waste associated with off-site take-out meal options. Additionally, where possible, we reuse plastic packaging, and keep a strong supply of durable, non-disposable pots, pans and utensils. The kitchen and dining hall also makes use of separate bins for recycling, as well as one for organic matter such as food waste, which is diverted from landfills by being converted on-site into compost or feed for our animals. In addition to our predominately vegetarian volunteer staff, many of them practice veganism; both diets require our kitchen staff whenever possible (and depending on the diet) to use animal alternatives in recipes. Moreover, our staff’s commitment to nutrition through vegetables necessitates that we honor our commitment to keeping their food free from pesticides and preservatives.

Cleaning Agents

Our primary cleaning product for daily needs is concentrated Simple Green® All-Purpose Cleaner, which is non-toxic and biodegradable As upstream stewards of the local water supply, we are committed to preventing contamination of surface and groundwater and bioaccumulation in plants and animals inhabiting our property and those species living downstream.

Warm-Weather Dress Code

Enota understands that business attire, which is often worn at similar resorts, is ill-suited to the warm weather found in Georgia. Often, such attire is uncomfortable and encourages staff to adjust the air conditioning downward for comfort. Enota allows its staff to dress in comfortable, climate-appropriate attire that allows us to cool the lodge building with natural ventilation.

Lighting in the Enota Lodge

Lighting generally accounts for twenty (20) percent of greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings. This statistic is easily reduced by simple measures, such as turning off the lights at night, which is our policy at Enota. A significant portion of activity, including meals, movies, seminars and socialization occurs at our Lodge. Therefore, during the day, a large portion of our lighting at the lodge is obtained through natural day-lighting and the bathroom lights remain off when unoccupied.

Incandescent Bulb Replacement

During 2008, we replaced the majority of our incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (“CFLs”). The average rated lifespan of each CFL is between 8 to 15 times that of incandescent. For most of our indoor lighting, we use GE Energy Smart 60 13 watt bulbs with a reported lifespan of 8,000 hours

Noise Pollution

Unwanted or excessive noise can damage human physiological and psychological health. It also has a damaging effect on certain wildlife by disrupting the delicate predator/prey detection and avoidance systems; as well as interfering with many species’ communication systems. Such noise is often associated with transportation systems, such as automobile, rail and aircraft traffic typically associated with an urban environment. Enota is the antithesis of a noisy environment: other than the occasional sound of machinery used on the property for large jobs, and the sound of guests/volunteers interacting, very little artificial noise can be heard on the premises. Enota maintains a policy that requires guests to be respectful of others on the property, and we reserve the right to ask them to quiet their noise if is excessively noticeable.

Recycling Initiatives

Enota currently recycles the following materials as permitted by the Towns County Transfer Station: 1) cardboard; 2) paper (newspaper, magazine and books); 3) plastic (drink bottles, milk/juice jugs and laundry detergent bottles) and 4) aluminum cans. The remainder of our waste is disposed of at the dumping facility at the same station.

Conservation

All guests agree to a no impact condition, which obligates them to refrain from disturbing the plant and wildlife on the property. Additionally, a ten dollar ($10) conservation surcharge is added to the guest bill to help support our conservation efforts.


ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE INDICATORS


GRI Indicator

Description: Environment

2008

EN1

Materials used by weight or volume

During the previous year, we purchased approximately twenty-seven (27) kilograms worth of paper office supplies.

EN2

Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials

Approximately ninety (90) percent

EN3

Direct energy consumption by primary source

We do not report on this factor yet, but anticipate reporting on it in the 2010.

EN4

Indirect energy consumption by primary energy source

Enota spends approximately $3,000 monthly on electricity

EN5

Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements

Enota recently replaced the majority of its incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lighting in both the lodge and guest rooms. Additionally, our computers have power saving settings and enter into sleep mode five minutes when not in use; however, we have not tracked the energy savings associated with this setting.

EN6

Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives

We are currently preparing to apply for a permit to operate a hydroelectric power plant on the property that will fully sustain the power needs associated with our main lodge, which consumes the bulk of our electricity due to its continuous occupancy by guests and volunteer staff

EN7

Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved

Enota follows energy saving activities, such as turning out unneeded lights, using daylighting where possible for work environments and dining area, washing bedding only upon guest departure or upon request and setting computers to stand-by/sleep mode; however we have not quantified savings made from such initiatives

EN8

Total water withdrawal by source

Water is currently supplied by a natural, untreated underground aquifer, but our use of this source is not consistently tracked

EN9

Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water

Enota is surrounded by five streams and has an abundance of water on-site. We consider ourselves guardians of our local water source, a precious resource, for the community and state

EN10

Percentage of total volume of water recycled and reused

Not reported, but we will report in 2010

EN11

Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

Enota is situated immediately adjacent and in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest, which encompasses approximately 750,000 acres

EN12

Description of significant impacts of activities, products and services on biodiversity in protected areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas

None

EN13

Habitats protected or restored

Enota is immediately adjacent to and in the middle of the Chattahoochee National Forest and serves as the gatekeeper to a portion of this wilderness area. As such we pride ourselves in protecting and preserving the land and minimizing our footprint on the ecosystem. By utilizing existing services and structures, Enota has worked within the existing footprint of the Retreat (approximately 18 acres) and has avoided disturbing the streams that traverse our site. Moreover, no new roads have been constructed and the existing permeable (unpaved) roads were improved on the site in the 1960s.

EN14

Strategies, current actions, and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity

As committed conservationists, our goal has been and is to limit our impact on the property and to stay within the existing footprint.

EN15

Number of IUCN Red List Species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk

Not tracked

EN16

Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight

Not reported in full due to budget constraints, but we will report in 2010

EN17

Other relevant greenhouse gas emissions by weight

Not significant

EN18

Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved

Not reported in full due to budget constraints, but will report in 2010

EN19

Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight

None

EN20

NOx, SOx and other significant air emissions by weight

None

EN21

Total water discharge by quality and destination

Not Reported

EN22

Total weight of waste by type and disposal method

Two to three fifteen (15) foot haul-off loads comprising municipal waste and C&D debris (on occasion) per month.

EN23

Total number and volume of significant spills

None

EN24

Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally

None

EN25

Identify, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization’s discharges of water and runoff

Not Reported, See EN21 supra

EN26

Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation

All guests agree to a no impact condition per their rental agreement, which obligates them to refrain from disturbing the plant and wildlife on the property. Additionally, a ten dollar ($10) conservation surcharge is added to the guest bill to help support our conservation efforts.

EN27

Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category

Enota derives a de minimus amount of its revenue from the sale of camping supplies and small food products, such as candy and carbonated beverages in its lodge. Because many of the products sold either do not have packaging or are taken off-site, we do not actively track this component and do not plan to in subsequent reporting periods

EN28

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

As a conservation facility, we actively seek to exceed the environmental laws and regulations set by regulatory officials from multiple jurisdictions that apply to our facility. As such, we incurred no environmental compliance sanctions during 2008.

EN29

Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce

The majority of travel related to transporting materials comes from moving materials and volunteer staff within a small diameter inside the property boundaries. Very little travel outside of the facility, aside from weekly trips to obtain supplies, is necessary to sustain our business

EN30

Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type

Not reported, but will report in 2011


LABOR

LABOR PRACTICES AND DECENT WORK INDICATORS

Enota is unique among other environment and conservation non-profits in that it is 90% operated by volunteer staff. Primarily through word-of-mouth recommendation, our website and Organic Volunteers.org, Enota attracts numerous applicants from throughout the nation. Such applicants have diverse backgrounds; ranging from yoga Gurus, organic tomato experts, bankers, attorneys and recent college graduates. All have one trait in common: a deep sense of purpose and commitment to environmental stewardship. With such dynamic individuals under one roof, each inspires the other to help bring each other and the organization to their fullest potential

OUR VOLUNTEER EMPLOYEES (Subject to Change)

Gender

2008-2009

Male

9

Female

4

Age


<25

6

>25

7


GRI Indicator

Description: Labor

2008

LA1

Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region

See Table Supra

LA2

Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender and region (not relevant)

See Table Supra

LA3

Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees by major corporations

Not applicable


LA4

Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements

Not applicable

LA5

Minimum notice period(s) regarding significant operational changes, including whether it is specified in collective agreements

Not applicable


LA6

Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety

Not applicable

LA7

Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and number of work-related fatalities by regions

None

LA8

Education, training, counseling, prevention, and risk-control programs in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases.

None

LA9

Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions

Because we are a non-profit volunteer based organization without employees, we do not have any involvement with trade unions

LA10

Average hours of training per year per employee by employee category

Enota is a frequent destination for a variety of spiritual, conservation and environmental seminars and retreats; when permitted; volunteers have the opportunity to attend such classes on-site. Additionally, the inherent task of becoming a leader in sustainability requires that all members of the Enota team conduct a substantial amount of self-training and environmental knowledge procurement in order to bring innovation to the resort. However, we do not specifically track such endeavors or currently offer formal training of our own.

LA11

Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings

Environmentalism is a multi-faceted discipline, and our volunteer staff has the opportunity to informally learn organic farming techniques, renewable energy and sustainability, which will enable them to bring that knowledge to the next steps in their lives and positively affect others outside of the resort

LA12

Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews

All volunteers meet every morning before work to assess the prior days performance and accomplishments and to receive directives and motivation for the current day

LA13

Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity

Not applicable; we do not have separate government bodies

LA14

Ratio of basic salary to women by employee category

Not applicable; individuals working at the resort do so on a volunteer basis


HUMAN RIGHTS PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Summary

As a local resort operating only in the United States with a predominately volunteer staff, our human rights impacts is almost non-existent. Because our kitchen emphasizes nurturing, chemical free foods, we frequently seek out the freshest products available for our guests and volunteer staff. As such, we believe in traditional farming methods, and when not available on-site or locally, we purchase, where available, Fair Trade products that secure the rights of marginalized producers and workers regardless of their location.


GRI Indicator

Description: Human Rights

2008

HR1

Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements that include human rights clauses or that have undergone human rights screening

Enota has not made any significant investment agreements

HR2

Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken.

We screened our major suppliers (heavy equipment, hardware and food products, mostly local) for human rights issues; all such suppliers met our requirements

HR3

Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained

All volunteers are required to abide my Enota’s Operating Principles and become familiar with relevant human rights agreements. We also require our staff to live a life of integrity and to treat each other and the guests with respect

HR4

Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken

None; Enota makes an effort to work with diverse clients, consultants, suppliers and networks. Enota is also frequently sought after by a ethnically, regionally and spiritually diverse group of organizations for their retreats

HR5

Operations identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights

None

HR6

Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of child labor

No such operations identified

HR7

Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labor

None. Enota strives to self-support its operations by growing the bulk of its food on-site. Additionally, the majority of our independent contractors and their services are completely local, and as such they are not connected to any major supply chains

HR8

Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization’s policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations

None. Enota does not employ security personnel

HR9

Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken

None


SOCIETY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

 

GRI Indicator

Description: Society Performance

2008

SO1

Nature, scope, and effectiveness of any programs and practices that assess and manage the impacts of operations on communities, including entering, operating and exiting

We are committed to being a valuable business partner for members of the local community and the majority of the independent contractors employed by us are local.

SO2

Percentage and total number of business units analyzed for risks related to corruption

None. We do not have business units.

SO3

Percentage of employees trained in organization’s anti-corruption policies and procedures

Our volunteers are expected to live by high ethical and spiritual standards. Incoming volunteer staff members sign an affirmation of “Positive Attitude,” which reads, in part “I commit to maintain high standards of personal integrity, embodying congruence of thought, word and action.”

SO4

Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption

We have not had any incidents of corruption and do not expect such incidents in the future

SO5

Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying

None directly. During their free time, several of our volunteers are active members of non-profit organizations engaged in 501(c)(4) activities, such as the Sierra Club, or who are engaged in environmental policy development independently

S06

Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions by country

None.

SO7

Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust and monopoly practices and their outcomes

Not relevant

SO8

Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations

None.


PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS


GRI Indicator

Description: Product Responsibility

2008

PR1

Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures.

Not relevant

PR2

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their cycle, by type of outcomes

Not relevant

PR3

Type of products and service information required by procedures and percentage of significant products and services subject to such information requirements

Not relevant

PR4

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes

Not relevant

PR5

Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction

Because Enota serves guests that

frequently stay on the property

for a short term, customer

feedback is often rapid. Such

feedback is sent to us in numerous

formats including directly to us via

e-mail, through the USPS,

immediately in our guest book upon

departure or on travel industry

websites such as Trip Advisor®


PR6

Programs for adherence to laws, standards, and voluntary codes related to marketing communications, including advertising, promotion and sponsorship

Enota is in compliance with all marketing communications and we surpass such requirements by using international best practices such as Global Reporting Initiative

PR7

Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes

None

PR8

Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data

None

PR9

Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services

None


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