Earth Day is Friday, April 22. These 7 properties reducing their carbon footprint or helping the earth in other ways. To celebrate Earth Day, these are some of our favorite destinations:
At Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa, the commitment to sustainability runs deep. The hotel was built with the use of rainwater catchments, regional materials, timber from sustainable forests, non-toxic paints and energy-efficient windows. The implementation of a gray-water program is ongoing. Environmental disturbance was minimal; builders replanted more than 1,500 trees – including a one-million pound, 150-year-old Guanacaste rather than cut them down to make room for construction.
Mukul’s commitment to sustainability is evident not just in the way it deals with the natural environment, but in the way it deals with the surrounding community.
David McLay Kidd designed Guacalito de la Isla – his first golf course in Latin America – as a sustainably-minded golf course. In addition to moving, rather than chopping down, hundreds of native trees, he and his team carpeted the fairways and greens with Paspalum grass, an environmentally friendly grass native to South Africa that needs less water than most and can grow with high-salt-content water.
Tres Santos is a quaint community in progress in the remote fishing village of Todos Santos. Encouraging eco-friendly travel and healthy living, they have created a 3.5 mile town-to-beach trail that residents and visitors can hike or bike. Their organic community garden provides fresh produce to the farm-to-table restaurant and local farmer’s markets.
The adults- and couples-only Hotel Wailea, an intimate Relais & Chateaux property, is pleased to provides guests with an opportunity to explore the beautiful South Maui coast by e-bike. Eco-friendly and completely silent, the property’s fleet of electric bicycles require no more experience than a regular mountain bike and serve as a green alternative that serves as the perfect mode of transportation for full-sensory, immersive island exploration.
Quail Lodge & Golf Club, in Carmel, California, has recently completed a property wide renovation which included a modernization of the 50 year old 18-hole Robert Muir Graves-designed golf course. The newly refreshed golf course features fully renovated tees and an exciting new bunker collection and lakes. Select lakes on the course were reconstructed while others were removed entirely and replaced with drought tolerant California-friendly landscaping, thereby reducing water demand. Others were converted into deep swales to accent the movement in the land.
Big Cedar Lodge, in Ridgedale, Missouri features two nature-inspired golf courses . Top of the Rock Golf Course located high above Table Rock Lake spanning approximately 47 acres with 38 percent being kept in its natural state or planted in native species. Every effort has been made to allow this course to live in harmony with its environment of lush landscapes, meandering streams teeming with bass, waterfalls, lakes, stone bridges and unparalleled vistas. The natural Ozarks topography adds a unique twist to the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, which features nine Par-3 holes with magnificent views and is home to the annual PGA Champions Tour Legends of Golf Tournament.
The remarkable 18-hole Buffalo Ridge Springs golf course has won acclaim as one of the region’s best public golf courses. Originally opened in 1999, Buffalo Ridge has been transformed by the guiding hands of visionary conservationist Johnny Morris, and renowned golf course architect Tom Fazio. A 2014 redesign revitalized the course by raising every aspect to Tour-quality standards and by bringing players in close contact with nature, native grasses, and even free-ranging buffalo from nearby Dogwood Canyon Nature Park.
Clear Creek Tahoe, 200-acre course, is a sight to behold not only for its majestic and breathtaking views and towering pines, but also because of the planning and principles that went into building it. On-site materials were used extensively for the construction of both the golf course and the buildings. Clear Creek also irrigates with reclaimed water and more than half of the total acreage of this space has been protected as a natural open space through a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy.
The Peninsula Chicago took their recent renovation as an opportunity to enhance its already robust sustainability program by taking into account the impact of its sourcing and transportation options. The hotel also looked at the impact on energy consumption and spent countless hours testing over 120 lightbulbs for example, to find the one that would provide just the right light and function, while still remaining energy efficient. Here are some examples:
- Of all the wood products used for this renovation, more than 97% come from certified sustainable sources, and are either FSC or SFI certified
- The number one performing hotel in the City of Chicago in the ‘Clean the World’ program, where partially used soap and other amenities are collected and converted into soap and hygiene kits that have been distributed in 99 countries around the world
- With the introduction of the new room technology, the renovated hotel rooms are nearly paper free.
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