Biltmore Estate Receives 2014 Governor’s Award for Business Conservationist of the Year

Mountain WILD! nominated the Biltmore Estate for NC Wildlife Federation’s 52nd annual Governor’s Conservation Achievement Award as Business Conservationist of the Year – 2014.

In September 2015, the Biltmore Estate received this prestigious award as a model for corporate environmental excellence with its forest conservation work, solar energy, recycling and water conservation practices.

Highlights of Biltmore’s conservation efforts included: management of 5,000 acres of sustainable forest and sustainable agriculture practices; generation of its own renewable energy through installation of 7,000 solar panels; growth of 50 acres of canola and pressing the seed for human consumption and pre-biofuel testing; use of water-conserving and waterless plumbing fixtures and reuse of “gray water” to reduce the burden on the City of Asheville’s water supply; and recycling of plastic, glass, paper products, metal, cardboard, batteries and implementation of a cork recycling program at the Biltmore winery.

Kit Schmeiser, Mountain WILD!; Bill Alexander, Landscape & Forest Historian, The Biltmore Company; Steve Schmeiser, Past-President, Mountain WILD!