Posts Tagged ‘LEED’

It’s Easy Being Green – Even on Vacation!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
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In 2014, just about everything has a touch of green thrown in. Not outfits mind you, but environmental protection and sustainability. From the food we eat and the cars we drive to the packaging of our products to the water we drink, everything is about making the world we live in a better place for us, our children and our children’s children. While much of our green practices are undertaken at home where we have the most control, a growing number of travel destination are also joining the effort.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is at the forefront of this movement on the Monterey Peninsula. As one of Central California’s first U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Silver LEED®-EB (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Existing Buildings) Certified hotels, the Portola has implemented a host of initiatives focused on the well-being of the environment and is one of the region’s most environmentally-friendly places to stay and eat! Learn more!

LEED Certification refers to a rating system by the USGBC that considers everything from the materials used to build a building to the way a business disposes of their garbage. Everything is taken into account and the staff at the Portola has embraced these initiatives. The hotel’s entire food service operation, which includes Jacks Restaurant & Lounge, Peter B’s Brewpub and their room and event food service teams participates in the Food Scrap Program. Scraps have traditionally been taken to the local landfill, but now, as part of the Monterey Regional Waste Management District’s Organics to Energy compost program they are repurposed. Each week, over 2000 lbs. of food scraps and other organic waste is diverted from landfill disposal and after inspection, is mixed with mulch and turned into compost. The methane gas produced during the process is captured and used as fuel to produce energy and the compost is used by local farmers and winemakers to help grow their crops. In addition, all the cooking oil is specially recycled and turned into bio diesel fuel.

The hotel and its restaurants also participate in the Monterey Peninsula Water Management District’s Water Wise Best Management Practices Program.  Each room is outfitted with water efficient fixtures including showerheads and sink aerators, as well as high-efficiency toilets. Display cards in every room also remind guests to help conserve water and energy by hanging up towels that they want to reuse during their stay. The Portola has also installed water efficient clothes and dish washing machines and multiple water saving devices in departments throughout the hotel. These water wise practices not only help to reduce the hotel’s carbon footprint, but also save water during the current California drought.

Throughout history, visitors to the Monterey Bay area have continually marveled at its beautiful scenery and environment. Don’t you owe to yourself to help preserve that gift for generations to come? Stay GREEN at the Portola Hotel & Spa.

Earth Day is Every Day at the Portola Hotel & Spa

Thursday, April 4th, 2013
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With Earth Day right around the corner, many businesses and organizations start talking about being green. It’s a positive step in the right direction and every little bit helps. The green movement has made its way into the hospitality industry as well. While many hotels are beginning to go green, the Portola Hotel & Spa is one of the most environmentally friendly places to stay not only on the Monterey Peninsula, but throughout California’s Central Coast. As one of Central California’s first Silver LEED®-EB Certified hotels, the Portola has implemented a host of green initiatives focused on the well-being of the environment.

LEED Certification refers to a rating system that considers everything from the materials used to build a building to the way a business disposes of their garbage. Everything is taken into account and the entire staff at the Portola has embraced these initiatives. Some of the more innovative green practices are utilized in housekeeping. These include 100% organic cotton mattresses that are hypoallergenic and an Ozone Laundry System that utilizes an enzyme based laundry detergent for sanitizing linens and towels. They also include a green cleaning program that uses H203 system to clean and disinfect guest rooms without any harsh chemicals and guest room carpets that meet with the Carpet and Rug Institute’s plus program for low VOC material and paint that meets low VOC standards as well.

Not to be outdone is the group sales department. They have implemented the Monterey Green Meetings program that works with meeting and event planners, as well as private parties to plan green events and environmentally conscious team building exercises. Food and Beverage is also heavily involved in the movement by offering sustainably grown, organic and locally sourced ingredients as well as repurposing waste from Peter B’s brewery operation.

The Portola Hotel & Spa is continuing to strive for environmental excellence by going through a LEED recertification process by the U.S. Green Building Council. So as Earth Day draws closer, residents of and visitors to the Monterey Peninsula; can rest assured that one of the area’s premiere hotel and spa destinations, and their restaurants are leaders in the protection of our precious environment.