GAMBIER, Ohio – Kokosing Nature Preserve, Kenyon College’s natural burial cemetery, has been officially verified as a conservation burial ground by the Green Burial Council — the highest rating the council offers for natural burial cemeteries, cemetery operators announced in a prepared release.
The certification is an official recognition of the preserve’s sustainable practices and efforts to offer people environmentally friendly burial options, according to the release.
“To receive the highest level of certification, following a rigorous application process, affirms that Kokosing Nature Preserve offers families the most environmentally sound burial,” said Lisa Schott, managing director of the Philander Chase Conservancy, the nonprofit land trust associated with Kenyon that created the preserve. “We will be able to attract people who wish to make their burial a true final gift to the planet.”
“This certification shows we are truly operating at the highest standards as established by the Green Burial Council,” said Amy Henricksen, steward of Kokosing Nature Preserve.
The 23-acre Kokosing Nature Preserve is one of only five certified green burial cemeteries in Ohio, and one of only three certified as a conservation burial ground. Burials at the site are intended to have minimal environmental impact and use eco-friendly caskets, shrouds and urns. Graves are marked with flat, natural stones instead of the polished headstones used in many cemeteries.