Posted: 6:36 PM Jun 20, 2010
Reporter: Jennifer Kliese
Email Address: email@example.com Bob Ramlow is not only the owner of a highly-rated, sustainable bed and breakfast, but he was also one of the founders of the Energy Fair more than 20 years ago.
And today, the fair honored him by dedicating a maple tree in his name. The tree sits on the energy fairgrounds in Custer.
Ramlow also wrote a book on solar water heating, and he is one of only two people certified to train professionals across the country on solar and water heating systems.
He says his bed and breakfast, Artha Sustainable Living Center, is different than others because it runs as efficiently as possible. The heat and electricity is completely solar powered, and they use organic bedding and cleaning products.
“We think about our impact on the planet. That’s the big difference, that’s why people come to our bed and breakfast, to see what it’s like and to experience that type of thing,”Ramlow says.
Ramlow says his company is a leader in the sustainable energy industry, and others should follow suit. He says the world has reached the limits of our natural resources,and renewable energy needs to play a bigger part in the energy choices companies make.
He says Artha, which is located south of Amherst is one of Travel Green Wisconsin’s most highly rated bed and breakfasts.
The website is a program sponsored by the Wisconsin DOT to support tourism businesses working to reduce their environmental impact.