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The Finest in California Green Hotels

Sustainable by the Sea

Portola Hotel & Spa has a history of supporting our environment and has participated in several programs dedicated to conserving environmental resources. We are happy to have the honor of being the first of Central California “green” hotels, having achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Certification. View more about the sustainability efforts of our Monterey Bay green hotel below.

Portola Hotel & Spa Awards

  • Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) 2011 
  • California Integrated Waste Management Board’s WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) Award 15 years in a row
  • Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program’s green certification
  • Save Our Shores 2013 Business of the Year Award for keeping our beaches clean

Proud Participant

  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® Program
  • Organics to Energy Monterey Regional Compost Program
  • Ag Against Hunger Produce Gleaning Program
  • Save Our Shores Adopt-A-Beach Program (Del Monte Beach)

Green Initiatives Highlights

  • Experience in executing zero waste conference and meetings for groups up to 900
  • Actively participate in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® Program, designed to raise awareness about the importance of making ocean-friendly seafood choices
  • Environmentally friendly vendor suggestions, as well as biodegradable badges and other green items
  • Membership in the U.S. Green Building Council, the Recycled Paper Coalition, the Green
  • Business Partnership, the Green Meeting Industry Council and the EPA’s Waste Wise
  • Program and recipient of the Monterey Bay area Green Business Certification
  • Landscaping featuring native and drought tolerant vegetation and drip irrigation controlled by weather conditions
  • Jacks Restaurant & Lounge and Peter B’s Brewpub serve local, organic, and sustainable cuisine, and use Bio-Pak take-out containers and compostable cups
  • Peter B’s Brewpub changed operations to save over 41,000 gallons of water a year and recycles mash from brewing the brewing process to local farmers and growers
  • Jacks Restaurant carpet is made from sheep wool and the backing is a natural jute and latex, all of which are rapidly renewable materials, the carpet is 100% compostable at the end of its useful life
  • Purchasing safe, sustainable products and materials including recycled office supplies and
  • Energy Star® televisions and mini refrigerators in guest rooms
  • The guest room carpet meets the Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) Plus Program for low
  • VOC material and paint throughout the hotel is low VOC
  • The Hotel produces hot water with cogeneration, which simultaneously generates electricity on site
  • Bathrooms have low flow faucets, showerheads, toilets and urinals reducing indoor water consumption
  • Ozone laundry system with enzyme-based laundry detergents for cleaning linens and towels; reducing water and energy consumption
  • A green cleaning program that uses H2O3 system to clean and disinfect guestrooms without any harsh chemicals
  • Green from Natura room amenity products and packages are made from rapidly renewable material and are bio-degradable
  • All mattresses are hypoallergenic and made with 100% organic cotton and recycled metal springs
  • Distribute sales and catering information electronically or via flash drives
  • Installed energy-efficient lighting throughout the Portola Hotel and the Spa on the Plaza through the AMBAG Energy Watch Program