Pearson’s Falls’ green restroom facilities now open to public

Published 7:05 pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Pearson’s Falls’ innovative new green restrooms are now open for use, and the unique building sports a living roof.

The green restroom project was first proposed at the Tryon Garden Club’s strategic planning meeting in the summer of 2012.

The club, which owns and operates Pearson’s Falls, was looking for “a completely compostable toilet, which leaves a very small footprint,” according to project chair and former club president Carol Meeske.

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After much research, the club decided to use the Clivus Multrum composting system because it provides clean, sanitary and accessible restrooms with minimal intrusion to Pearson’s Fall’s natural environment.

“I thought it was a wonderful idea,” said Meeske. “It’s in keeping with the Tryon Garden Club’s mission of preserving, protecting and treasuring Pearson’s Falls, setting by example what can be done to enhance our living in this community, providing an environmental educational opportunity.”

The living roof was added to the plan and incorporates plants native to the glen.

“What else would you put on a green restroom but a green roof?” explained Meeske.

What was Meeske’s biggest challenge?

“Educating myself and gaining knowledge about compostable toilets. I felt I had to know what we were doing and question everything,” she said.

Meeske’s hard work has paid off, as have the efforts of the Tryon Garden Club’s members and contractors. Grants from the Polk County Community Foundation were instrumental in realizing the dream of the club, which hopes their example will inspire other local and regional organizations and agencies to go green when considering public restroom facilities.

Pearson’s Falls is listed on the North Carolina National Heritage Site of the Blue Ridge National Area, North Carolina Birding Trail Site and the Smithsonian Institute’s Archives of American Gardens.

– article submitted
by Wyndy Morehead