The Portola Hotel & Spa is a new green beacon for hotels in California. The hotel achieved LEED Silver for Existing Buildings, making it one of only three hotels in California and six across the US to achieve this level of accreditation. Energy efficiency upgrades, remodeling with eco friendly materials, water efficient fixtures and purchasing carbon offsets have all helped the hotel by the shore reduce its environmental impact and make a difference in its local community.
Achieving LEED also includes changing business practices like cleaning and recycling and waste management systems. Portola Hotel’s green renovation included many of these things, including changing their laundry and cleaning practices and purchasing eco friendly office materials as well as guest products. Old furnishings were replaced with organic hypoallergenic mattresses, sheep wool and natural latex carpets, low VOC paints and FSC certified woods.
Energy efficient lighting upgrades were made throughout the hotel and a new natural gas co-gen system generates power and hot water for the hotel. After the energy efficiency upgrades, the hotel then bought 2 years worth of carbon offsets totaling up to 2,035 metric tons of carbon dioxide and they also encourage guests to buy offsets to reduce the carbon footprint of their stay.