Celebrate Earth Day at These 5 Eco-Friendly SoCal Hotels

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1 Terranea Resort

Terranea, a stunning resort located atop a bluff on the Ranch Palos Verdes peninsula with supreme ocean views, is fully committed to sustainable practices and energy conservation. Year-round conservation programs through Terranea’s Pointe Discovery activity center allow guests to participate in sustainable efforts by land and by sea. During the ocean clean up by kayak eco-excursion, guides navigate guests through the local coastline to help pick up debris and educate participants about the region’s history and marine environment. During the month of April at Terranea, a donation from each kayak trip is made to organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation and Heal the Bay to further the cause to keep the ocean environment clean and safe. Guests can also enjoy a guided walk along the nature trails with a Pointe Discovery naturalist and learn about the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s unique local ecosystem and Terranea’s year-round conservation efforts. For Earth Day, the oceanfront resort is also offering eco-friendly teachable moments including guided adventure activities, a sea lion release, ocean clean up by kayak, sea salt conservatory unveiling, ONEHOPE Wine Tasting and plantable seeds for guests.
100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes (310) 265-2800

2 The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel

The picture-perfect Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point is deeply committed to saving the environment. Dedicated to showcasing Southern California’s natural wonders, its Eco-Adventure Center offers 15 unique excursions that showcase the local surroundings. Children of all ages can learn about the whales that migrate past the resort on a whale watching adventure, discover the native fish and underwater creatures on a snorkel excursion, or experience riding the waves during a body boarding activity. Expert naturalists guide guests on a variety of programs that help them gain insights about the environment while also having fun.
One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point Phone: (949)240-2000

3 L'Auberge Del Mar

The darling L'Auberge Del Mar, located just outside of San Diego, practices sustainability in so many different ways. At its signature restaurant, KITCHEN 1540, you'll find local produce and sustainable seafood and produce grown from the hotel's very own vertical hydroponic garden.The kitchen is equipped with 100% recycled vinyl/pvc flooring, energy efficient lighting and earth friendly equipment; they also donate used oil for Biodiesel fuel conversion and all of our to-go boxes are biodegradable. They also run a Recycling Program and Linen Reuse Program: all guestrooms use energy efficient lightbulbs to reduce the impact of depleting energy sources, 100% biodegradable guestroom key cards and offer a "Green Meetings Package" for corporate groups. Furthermore, its spa carries all 100% organic products. How much more green can you get?
1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar (858) 259-1515

4 The Shore Hotel

Santa Monica's Shore Hotel is the largest Southern California property to register for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) silver certification and is the first and only of its kind in Santa Monica. The hotel went to great lengths to ensure that its design and operation had a positive impact on the environment. Sustainable features include: 50% of construction waste was recycled or salvaged; wood used in the project is from sustainable forests; 10% of all building materials are from within a 500 mile radius; there are 'low flow’ water fixtures, which significantly reduce water consumption; native landscaping reduces the amount of required irrigation; sophisticated building controls systems continually monitoring and adjust energy usage; low VOC (Volitile Organic Compounds) materials and maximized access to natural daylight. Additionally, the Shore Hotel has partnered with Clean the World Foundation, the largest non-profit global recycler of hotels soaps and bottled amenities. Together they reduce the waste created by discarded soap and shampoo products and prevent millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illnesses every year.
1515 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica (310) 458-1515

5 The Montage Beverly Hills

In additionally to being a breathtaking, chic property with access to everything 90210, the Montage Beverly Hills has some significant sustainability brags to boast. The hotel is the first LEED-NC certified ultra-luxury hotel in southern California, and is only the fourth hotel worldwide to earn Gold certification. The Montage hotel group has a whole has developed “green” operating principles guided by a management level Environmental Impact Group (EIG) which provides a myriad of internal programs. This includes; environmentally preferred purchasing (EPP) programs, waste management programs, water-quality management practices, energy management, and green housekeeping initiatives. Green and gorgeous. What more can you ask for?
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills (310) 860-7800
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