Green Initiative Program

Madden’s on Gull Lake is committed to environmental protection and sustainability guided by our Green Program. The Green Program is a company-wide stewardship program that strives to minimize our property’s impact on the environment through resource conservation and best practices.

A Green Committee, comprised of members of our management team and seasonal employees, guides our Green Program. Our goal is to educate everyone involved in the tourism industry…colleagues, guests…to share the responsibility of taking care of our environment. Learn about how all of our departments come together to unite in our efforts to reduce our footprint on the environment.

Conservation by Department


Madden’s Housekeeping team encourages guests to help us in our efforts to improve our sustainability. Our rooms include:

• Informational signage for sheet and towel changing program, a recycling bag, and a card encouraging guests to recycle plastic, glass, aluminum and newspapers.

• Reminders to turn off lights and air conditioning when leaving room

• Signage asking guests to advise the front desk of necessary maintenance issues.

• Designated ‘non-smoking’ in all rooms

Property Management

Our Property Management Department is consistently updating our resort to ensure we remain as energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly as possible. Some eco-friendly efforts include:

• Installing energy-efficient faucet aerators in guest rooms

• Converting emergency ‘Exit’ lights to LED bulbs

• Purchasing of energy efficient air conditioning units (including PTACS) and furnaces and improving insulation

The Spa

Our team over at The Spa at Madden’s implements sustainable efforts by:

• Recycling all product containers

• Using only eco-friendly cleaning products

• Washing all linens is Ozone Machine .

• Pre-portioning all non-reusable products to avoid excess waste

Golf & Grounds

Our Golf & Grounds Department helps keep nature at its best through these methods:

• The Greenway Program is a low input of nutrients and pesticides on a frequent basis designed to provide the plant with just what it needs at the time. This program can eliminate some pesticide applications throughout the season by promoting consistent plant health, allowing plants to fight disease pressure with their internal defense mechanisms.

• Placing recycling containers at cart wash, golf shop desks, and offices, and having recycling containers separate from trash on all golf courses

• Printing scorecards on recycled paper

Food & Beverage

Madden’s Food & Beverage Department also promotes sustainable efforts by:

• Utilizing reusable reusable dinnerware and drinkware

• Replacing table linens with place mats in many dining areas to save laundry energy consumption

• Promoting recycling within our department

• Using recycled paper straws when needed, and eliminating the use of Styrofoam products

• Incorporating sustainable food and wine options into our kitchens and menus, including organically-produced food and wine from vintners

• Growing herbs and vegetables in an on-property chef’s garden, used to supply many of the fresh ingredients used in Madden’s restaurants

Sales, Reservations, Accounting & HR

Our entire team in sales, planning, accounting, marketing, HR, and more also join in the Green Initiative Program by:

• Recycling and shredding (our Accounting Department shreds and recycles over ONE TON of paper documents each year)

• Using a 100% paperless HR process

• Remembering, “When not in use…Cut the juice!”


Memberships, Partnerships, Awards

  • Minnesota Power
  • Minnesota WasteWise
  • Excel Energy
  • Nisswa Sanitation
  • Winner of the Explore MN Office of Tourism’s Sustainable Tourism Award (2009)
  • Winner of the Golf Digest ‘Green Star’ Award (2010)

Green Initiative Program

Environmental Efforts


2008 was the first full year of our Green Program and we experienced a 135% increase in our recycling efforts…nearly 143 tons of recycled materials to date.


Madden’s retains a full-time employee and vehicle specifically designated for recycling for daily pick up and transference of recyclables. Disposal areas receive:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Paper/magazines/newspapers/office waste
  • Plastics
  • Steel and aluminum
  • Glass

Ozone Laundry System

Our property’s overall carbon footprint was significantly reduced with this new system, greatly reducing our natural gas consumption. Drying time is reduced because linens and towels washed with ozone do not hold as much water. This saves even more natural gas or electricity. Ozone improves sewage water quality by 30 to 50 percent. The laundry facility will require less energy to cool because less hot water and heat is present, thereby improving working conditions for employees. Ozone kills harmful bacteria thousands of times faster than chlorine.

Purchasing of “green” friendly products

  • New room amenities are made of recyclable plastic
  • All new appliances and equipment will carry “Energy Star” seal when available.
  • Conversion in process to Green Seal Certified cleaning products and processes with our ultimate goal to eliminate bleach.
  • All restrooms have been converted with Green Seal Certified soap, and paper towels are made of 100% recycled material, made with a chlorine-free process, which reduces water by 80%.
  • Work with our vendors to raise awareness in reducing our environmental footprint in packaging and transportation costs.
  • Conversion of many of our paper products to eco-friendly containers

Use, Re-use, Donate

Currently working with several organizations in the Brainerd Lakes area:

  • Green Range Renewable Energy, Ironton, MN. All used fryer oil being locally recycled to biodiesel fuel.
  • Guest room amenities (soap, shampoos) donated to local charities.
  • Mattresses and other furniture items donated to local Habitat for Humanity and Bridges of Hope.

Energy Conservation

Reducing the amount of energy we consume at Madden’s is another significant facet of our Green Program. We work closely with our entire staff on ways to conserve energy through on-going education and promote the motto:

“When Not In Use… Cut The Juice”

Other Green Efforts at Madden’s

  • Increasing our efforts to utilize our own on-site flower gardens with our “cut flower program”, greatly reducing transportation and packaging costs previously incurred.
  • Of Madden’s 1000 acre property, 600+ acres remain undeveloped and allowed to ‘grow wild’
  • Shoreline restoration methods are practiced wherever possible
  • 74 acres of land were donated to the City of East Gull Lake

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