Camp Nakanawa enjoys an environment filled with Nature’s Beauty. Protecting the natural beauty of Camp Nakanawa is important to all past, present and future campers and counselors. Being environmentally sensitive is good business and it is important to be socially responsible. Camp Nakanawa strives to make our environment always “better than we found it.”
The following explains our environmental impact program.
• Cardboard – Camp Nakanawa generates a large volume of cardboard through packages sent to camp and food service packaging. All our cardboard in both Junior and Senior Camps, usually around 100 cubic yards, is recycled through the Cumberland County Recycling Program.
• Cooking Oil – 100% of our cooking oil is recycled through the City of Crossville’s BIO Diesel Program.
• Metals – 100% of our metal, including tin, steel and old hot water heaters, are recycled at Wendels Metal.
• Glass – We have only one product, sweet pickles, that is packaged in glass. We recycle these glass jars within our camp kitchens for storage.
• Plastic – We plan in 2012 to recycle 100% of our #1 and #2 plastic, including plastic milk containers, cottage cheese containers and sour cream containers. These plastics will be recycled through the Cumberland County Recycling Center.
• Electricity – Camp Nakanawa will produce about 33% of its total yearly electricity consumption. Camp Nakanawa produces electricity through its 13.3kw system of 58 solar panels located on top of the Senior Camp Barn. 16,500kw – 18,000kw will be produced annually. In the fall of 2012, a 12.7kw solar panel system will be installed in Junior Camp on the Council House roof. With this addition, Camp Nakanawa will produce about 60% of its total yearly electricity use. We have 30 solar exhaust fans to help cool the cabins, Egypt (the bath houses) and the Dining Hall. These facility improvements and other energy efficient iniatives will lower our carbon footprint.
• Lighting – We are increasing our usage of long lasting compact fluorescent bulbs to conserve energy. All Security Lights have energy efficient bulbs installed.
• Water – Camp Nakanawa uses water processed and provided by the City of Crossville. This is for drinking water and cooking. A separate water system from Lake Aloaloa is used for toilets, showers and for watering flower gardens.
• Natural Gas – Energy efficient, On-Demand Natural Gas Hot Water Heaters have been installed in the Dining Halls and Bath Houses in both Junior and Senior Camps. With the installation of these new Hot Water Heaters, we have lowered our consumption of Natural Gas.
• Radiant Heat – The Library and Director’s Home are heated with an outdoor wood burning furnace. The wood supply does not come from living trees but from trees that have been damaged by storms or high winds or have died due to disease, drought or old age. Some trees are removed by a professional arborist that pose a threat to our campers, counselors or buildings.
• Laundry – Our laundry service provider has been doing our campers laundry for over 20 years. When they built a new facility, they made sure they purchased water saving machines that were efficient in their use of electricity. Mild, biodegradable detergents are used to wash the clothes.
• Transportation – Camp Nakanawa always tries to improve our fuel efficiency by leasing fuel efficient passenger vans. We operate fuel efficient automobiles such as a Ford Fusion, 33 mpg, and a Toyota Prius V, 44 mpg.
• Food and Paper Products – We use napkins, 8 inch plates, 10 ¼ inch divided plates and toilet paper that are produced from recycled materials. Over the decades we have requested from our food distributor, Sysco, Inc., less packaging on our food products. Less packaging would mean less trash generated.
• Trees – Elisabeth Mitchell, Mitch, second director of Camp Nakanawa and Carson Tays, planted thousands of White Pine trees throughout the property. We enjoy them today. Many of these trees are over 100 feet tall.
We have added to the tree population by replacing any removed trees with Chestnut, Buckeye, Catalpa, Hemlock, Norway Spruce, Maple, Redwood, Colorado Blue Spruce, and Canaan fir trees.
• Lake Aloaloa – regarded as one of the oldest and most pristine lakes on the Cumberland Plateau. This almost 100 year old lake is spring-fed and pollution free. The dam is inspected on a regular basis by the State of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for safety. We strive to maintain its purity and natural beauty.
• Hiking Trails – There is a Four Mile hiking trail around Lake Aloaloa with sections named in honor of our four Directors, including Colonel Rice and Elisabeth Mitchell. This trail is maintained year round. Various other trails are maintained for hikers and trail rides throughout our 1100 acres.
Helping our environment will help Camp Nakanawa be a good steward of our resources.