Protecting the Planet Since 1961
The worldwide annual phenomenon to promote sustainability was born here at Airlie.
Earth Day as you know it today all started with an announcement at Airlie. The year was 1969 and Senator Gaylord Nelson shared his idea for what is now the world's largest environmental movement with a group of medical and law students participating in a conference here.
Nelson's forward-thinking concept gathered steam quickly and the very first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970 when 20 million Americans took action to rally for a healthy, sustainable environment in demonstrations that took place coast-to-coast—crossing political divides and bringing people together from all walks of life. By year's end, the U.S. government created the Environmental Protection Agency.
We raise our own cattle and pigs and grow our own produce for true pasture-to-plate cuisine.
Nestled into our 300 scenic acres you'll find stunning formal, organic and butterfly gardens.
Our convenient village setting means you can park your car and bike around the property.
Airlie is a National Wildlife Federation "Certified Wildlife Habitat" with buffer zones around lakes and ponds to help our resident species feel at home.
Recycling & Composting
We recycle everything from grease to lamps (and so much more), plus we compost kitchen scraps in our organic garden.
We provide guests with the opportunity to use the same towels and bed linens for the duration of their stay to save water.
We've converted nearly all property-wide lighting to compact florescent or LED technologies to save energy.
We maintain a fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles for staff and offer complimentary charging stations for guests in our main parking lot.
This dedicated crew conducts regular audits to ensure Airlie's environmental standards are maintained and employees are up to date on best practices.
Our LEED-certified Pavilion was also recognized for the rigorous environmentally-friendly construction practices used in its renovation.
Our farm office runs on 100% solar power—with geothermal a/c, radiant floor heating and enough battery storage to go four days without sun.