BEST CALIFORNIA GREEN HOTELS
Monterey's Premier Environmentally Conscious Hotel
Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay is proud to be a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel and the first truly "green" Hotel in Central California.
With a history of supporting our environment, our Monterey hotel has participated in several programs dedicated to conserving environmental resources. We are a proud participant of several local and national environmental programs, such as:
- 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)
- TripAdvisor Green Leaders Gold Level Program
- California Green Lodging Program
Monterey's Environmentally Conscious Hotel
- U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified
Portola Hotel & Spa has a history of supporting our environment and has participated in several programs dedicated to conserving environmental resources. We are honored to be a U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Certified hotel and the first truly "green" hotel in Central California.
- Green Initiative Highlights
At Portola Hotel & Spa, all of our guest rooms offer a variety of environmentally conscious amenities and features for a sustainable focused experience. Guest rooms are equipped with LED lighting, Energy Star® televisions and mini refrigerators, low flow faucets, shower heads, toilets and urinals, bath amenity products made from renewable and biodegradable materials, as well as hypoallergenic and organic mattresses.
Our Monterey Bay green hotel has made significant strides in improving our carbon footprint. Learn about some of our current initiatives below.
- Guest rooms offer Open Water aluminum water bottles, a recyclable water bottle alternative to encourage an ocean-friendly practice of reducing the use of plastic at the hotel
- Jacks Monterey & Peter B's Brewpub serve local, organic & sustainable cuisine, & use Bio-Pak take-out containers & compostable cups
- Eco Product® straws provided upon request at our on-site restaurants is made from Polylactic acid (PLA) or "corn plastic," plant-based plastic - not oil. All PLA products are compostable in commercial compost facilities, which helps to divert waste from landfills
- 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
- We always purchase safe, sustainable products & materials, including recycled office supplies
- VOC material & paint throughout the hotel is low VOC
- We utilize a green cleaning program that uses H2O3 system to clean & disinfect guest rooms without any harsh chemicals
- Portola Hotel & Spa offers EV charging stations for public use in the hotel on-site parking garage. Pricing includes a fee per kilowatt per hour (KwH), in addition to Portola Hotel's standard parking rates
- Portola Hotel & Spa guests have an opportunity to offset 100% of their carbon footprint from traveling to Monterey by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits through the Carbon Calculator
- Reduced Waste Conferences & Events
We are proud to offer meeting and event planners the opportunity to utilize sustainable and eco-friendly Monterey meeting space through the Portola Hotel's Reduced Waste Conference Program.
Our sustainable meeting space features include hosting Reduced Waste Conference and meetings for groups up to 500, composting post-consumer organic wastes, recommending environmentally friendly vendors and exhibit companies, utilizing China, glassware and silverware to replace disposable utensils, providing organic and sustainable menu options, as well as offering team building activities with a focus on environmental awareness.
- Green Awards & News
We are proud to have won the following awards for our environmental and sustainability-focused initiatives:
- Smart Meetings Magazine, Smart Stars Award for Best Eco/Green Hotel 2015-2023
- California Hotels & Lodging Association's Good Earthkeeping Award 2017 & 2021
- 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, including Jacks Monterey & Peter B's Brewpub
- Portola Hotel & Spa earns U.S. Green Building Council's Silver LEED®-EB Certification January 2011
- Portola Hotel & Spa receives LEED® Recertification June 2015
- Partner to Environmental Programs
We are a proud participant of several local and national environmental programs, including Organics to Energy Monterey Regional Compost Program, Ag Against Hunger Produce Gleaning Program, Save Our Shores Adopt-A-Beach Program (Del Monte Beach), TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gold Level Program, and the California Green Lodging Program.
We proudly follow seafood recommendations outlined by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® Program and our on-site restaurants are recognized as ocean friendly by the Surfrider Foundation.