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Joel Palmer House Achieves Recognition in Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge Program

July 9, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Nestled in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the Joel Palmer House delights dinner guests five nights a week with a cuisine focused on local produce, seasonal wild mushrooms, and outstanding Oregon wines.

The Joel Palmer House has taken its commitment to preserving Oregon’s heritage and environment to the next level by achieving recognition in Travel Oregon’s Sustainable Business Challenge and becoming part of the Travel Oregon Forever network – a highly esteemed network of pioneering companies and destinations working to make Oregon a better place to live and visit.

The Sustainable Business Challenge is designed to quantify and qualify the commitment Oregon’s tourism and hospitality businesses are making to environmentally and socially responsible practices. Chef Christopher Czarnecki, fourth-generation owner and Executive Chef of the Joel Palmer House, is honored by the recognition and excited to integrate sustainable practices into his family business.

“This is a unique opportunity for us to give something back to the valley that supports us,” says Chef Christopher Czarnecki. “We’re excited to be part of a network of businesses that are committed to improving both local Oregon community and environmental health.”

As part of the Joel Palmer House’s commitment to sustainability, they installed two electric vehicle charging stations this past August. Chef Czarnecki wanted to help Electric Vehicle drivers experience Oregon Wine Country without worries about where to recharge and the Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations at the Joel Palmer House restaurant help eliminate ‘range anxiety’ for EV drivers visiting Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country. The charging stations are located in two adjacent parking spaces behind the Joel Palmer House restaurant, right next to their culinary garden’s mushroom patch. The technology by SemaConnect, Inc. uses the industry standard J1772 EV Connector and can also recharge Tesla Motors vehicles. The Joel Palmer House is also a featured restaurant on Travel Oregon’s North Willamette Valley EV Itinerary, an Oregon Electric Byways Road Trip.

“As an EV enthusiast, I realized that EV drivers from Portland and Seattle wanted to be able to visit Oregon Wine Country but were apprehensive about the ability to recharge their vehicles while out in the valley,” says Chef/Owner Christopher Czarnecki. “I’m excited to be part of the solution to these concerns.”

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