Villager Motel
Sustainability Initiatives

Mission Statement

Our sustainability committee seeks to strengthen environmental stewardship and sustainability practices companywide by implementing relevant programs and policies across the Witham Family Hotels portfolio. Through education, collaboration, and support we strive to make impactful changes towards an environmentally sound future for our local and global community.

photo of the Certified Environmental leader certificate for the Bar Harbor Villager Motel


Coffee has never been more delicious at the Villager motel. In your guest room you’ll find TAYST Coffee products. TAYST offers compostable, zero plastic, single-serve pods with Rainforest Alliance Certified, ethically sourced ground coffee in both medium roast and decaf. In our Grab-&-Go Breakfast Room, you’ll find an even more local experience thanks to Precipice Coffee, based in Ellsworth, Maine. They are the first solar and zero emissions coffee roaster in Maine, offering fair trade and sustainably grown beans. With this, we’re providing a better guest coffee experience, while reducing plastic and ensuring we provide sustainable, environmentally responsible options.

The Result

Replaced non

Single-Serve Food Service Products

The volume of single-use coffee creamers, plastic stirrers, and other individual serving size packets has been reduced by moving to insulated creamer carafes, bamboo stirrers, bulk packages of ketchup and other condiments in our Grab-&-Go Breakfast. We have also limited single use plasticware waste by offering compostable options. Reduction of single-use items will continue as we provide the utmost care for our guests and our environment.

The Result

Reduced waste of over 40,000 single-use food service items through the use of reusable and bulk service items annually.

In-Room Amenities

We have replaced single-use guest bathroom amenities with sleek, dispensers filled with Bath & Body Works products, offering you top quality products without added waste.

The Result

Elimination of over 20,000 single-use plastic containers being sent to the landfill each year.

Low Light - Dark Skies

Acadia National Park offers a large swath of untouched dark sky and while not yet certified by the International Dark Sky Association, we support the beauty of the night sky by using the bare minimum of exterior lighting with low lux fixtures.

The Result

While still a work in progress, we strive to reduce our light pollution each time we install new lighting and are actively working to replace bright light fixtures.

Water Bottle Refill Stations

Single-use plastic water bottles are one of the largest sources of plastic pollution in the world. To reduce reliance on these single-use items, we have installed multiple water bottle refill stations. This makes filling up your water bottle convenient before a hike or when arriving back to the hotel from adventure. Curious about our water quality? Read Bar Harbor’s Annual Water Quality Report.

The Result

Elimination of over 15,000 single-use water bottles being sent to the landfill each year.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

A new EV charging station from EV Passport is scheduled to be installed around Memorial Day 2023.  EV Passport is the easiest to use EV charging network requiring no apps, accounts, on-going balance, or login. To charge, scan the QR code and use Apple Pay, Google Pay, or input your card info – you can be charging within 15 seconds from plug-in to session start.


We partner with Clean The World to divert discarded shampoo, conditioner, and soap resources from the landfill. Opened amenities are collected by our Housekeeping Team after check-out and mailed to Clean the World for distribution in areas with limited access to hygiene supplies. This program will continue at a reduced volume now that waste overall has been significantly reduced by bulk amenities.

The Result

Donation of over 558 pounds of soap to support health and hygiene across the world.


Food waste from continental breakfast is separated into dedicated bins and collected each week by Agri-Cycle, New England’s premier food-waste-collection service. These food scraps and waste are turned into renewable energy and compost using anaerobic digestors.

The Result

Over 1.78 tons of food waste and scraps converted into energy and/or compost over the last year.

Community Service

As a company, we understand that we are only a portion of the larger community where we live, work, and conduct business. Each year our team volunteers their time for local programs including Witham Family Hotels Charitable Christmas and the Friends of Acadia Annual Roadside Cleanup Day.

The Result

Hundreds of hours of service invested in our community each year.