6 Ways Our Hotels are Helping the Environment
Being green is not something we focus on just for Earth Day - it’s an initiative we value all year long. At Moonstone Hotel Properties, our passions include taking care of our guests, gardening and taking care of the planet. Our properties each feature a garden theme, and most offer extensive gardens and grounds that our guests can enjoy.
Here are a few things we do to ensure an eco-friendly experience for you while helping to preserve our planet and communities.
Toiletries: Many of our hotels use wall-mounted dispensers for shower gel, hair shampoo and conditioner. Dispensers reduce waste and minimize the number of plastic containers sent to landfills. A 50-room hotel using dispensers can keep more than 1,000 packages from entering landfills each year.
Fresh, Local Ingredients: Our hotel restaurant menus feature many fresh, local ingredients grown on the property or by local farmers. At Cambria Pines Lodge and The Village Green, we have organic kitchen gardens and at the Oregon Garden Resort, we utilize produce and herbs from The Oregon Garden's Silverton Market Garden. The delicious, healthy and seasonal vegetables, herbs and salad mixes grown in our gardens are harvested by hand and served fresh in our restaurants.
Water and Energy Conservation: Many of our hotels feature low-flow toilets, which use as little as 0.8 gallons of water per flush, and aerated showerheads, which use only 2 gallons of water per minute. We employ water conservation practices in our irrigation systems, and operate energy- and water-efficient laundry facilities in many of our hotels. Our guest rooms also include compact fluorescent light bulbs.
In addition, our Wetland habitat at The Oregon Garden is an innovative program in partnership with the City of Silverton, where the area's treated wastewater is used to create a thriving habitat for a variety of wildlife and plants. The water travels at 300 gallons per minute in peak season through a series of terraced ponds, into a holding tank where it then flows into an irrigation system - a unique and attractive method of using treated water to irrigate the Garden. The Garden also promotes sustainability through green roofs, composting, edible landscaping and barley straw algae control.
Community Programs: Our hotels participate in Green Programs within the community, such as the Cottage Grove Green Power Community.
Laundry: The laundry facility at Cambria Pines Lodge, which handles all the laundry for all our Cambria Properties, uses Ozone technology and water reuse methods. This saves water, gas and electricity.
Construction: Whenever possible, we follow environmentally-friendly construction practices. We work with green construction companies such as Forest Certification Resource Center, Building Green, Green Floors, Healthy Building Network and SmartWood.
When you stay at a Moonstone Hotel Property, you can book feeling confident in our green initiatives. Our love for the outdoors and the natural beauty of our locations inspires us to be stewards of the environment in which we live.