New park earns ARVC applause.

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Cypress Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is less than a year old, but the 101-site park has already generated national recognition by winning the Plan-It-Green award from the National Association of RV Parks and Campground (ARVC).

The award recognizes campgrounds that have made outstanding efforts to become environmentally friendly by meeting at least half of 18 eco-friendly practices outlined by the Denver-based association, according to a news release.

Cypress Camping Resort met 16 of the 18 eco-friendly standards, scoring major points with its decision to purchase and install seven park model cabins, two 16-bed bunkhouses, two bathhouses and a modular office building, all of which were built by Nationwide Homes according to the company’s green building specifications.

“All of our buildings are certified green,” said Heather Johnson, Cypress Camping Resort’s director of marketing.

The buildings are all energy- and water-efficient structures that include metal roofs, environmentally friendly insulation and hardiplank siding that requires little maintenance. The buildings are also equipped with laminate flooring, instant hot water heaters, low-flow toilets and energy efficient lighting.

“Our campers like them a lot,” Johnson said, adding that the park models are popular with families while the bunkhouses are often used by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and other youth groups.

Cypress Camping Resort, which opened in June, is one of the first resorts in the Myrtle Beach area to have access to the Intracoastal Waterway, which enables the resort to accommodate campers who bring their boats and fishing equipment. The resort received the Plan-It-Green Award during a Nov. 30 awards ceremony hosted by ARVC at the Rio All Suite-Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Cypress Camping Resort was one of three parks to receive the award, the others being River’s End Campground & RV Park in Tybee Island, Ga., and Sun N Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Fla. For more information about Cypress Camping Resort, visit www.cypresscampingresort.com.

ARVC, for its part, is a national trade association that markets campgrounds, RV parks and resorts through its travel planning website at www.GoCampingAmerica.com.

Based in Martinsville, Va., Nationwide Homes is one of the nation’s most experienced modular and park model homebuilders and a major supplier to the campground industry. Visit its website at www.nationwide-homes.com for more information.