L’Auberge Del Mar – Earns iStayGreen.org Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts has earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating recently by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by iStayGreen.org - the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

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I think its great to see companies like Destination Hotels & Resorts creating programs like Destination Earth where they continually challenge their properties to look for new and unique ways where they can improve their operations and support their local communities through sustainability efforts.

L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts becomes one of 1st lodging properties in Del Mar, CA to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts is first of the hotels in Del Mar (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Del%20Mar/st/CA) to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 3 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Great" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "I think its great to see companies like Destination Hotels & Resorts creating programs like Destination Earth where they continually challenge their properties to look for new and unique ways where they can improve their operations and support their local communities through sustainability efforts."

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place at the property include: an on-site Green Team has been created - guests are offered the ability to carbon offset their stay - low energy lighting initiatives are in-place - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - energy sensor initiatives are in-place - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conservation initiatives are in-place - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - recycle containers are located inside guestrooms - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - reusable food & beverage service is used in lieu of disposable service items - compostable disposable service items are utilized - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - environmentally friendly detergents are used for laundry - environmentally friendly chemicals are used for carpet cleaning - the entire property is non-smoking - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - low VOC materials (paint, adhesives, air freshener, carpet) are used at the property - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/10199959).

Hotels in California are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. California lodging properties that have recently been awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating include Hampton Inn Banning Beaumont, Dinah’s Garden Hotel And Trader, Comfort Inn Moreno Valley, Hotel Oceana Santa Barbara, Comfort Inn Watsonville, and Super 8 Ukiah.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts is the first Del Mar lodging property to achieve the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, many properties in nearby La Jolla and San Diego are already Green Eco-Leaf rated. We recognize that many more properties in the area are also promoting eco-friendly initiatives and anticipate that they will seek to be rated. This eco-rating allows the public to know the specific environmental initiatives in place at a property, which enables the environmentally conscious traveler to make informed lodging decisions.

For additional information about L’Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts contact them at 800-245-9757 or visit http://laubergedelmar.com.

To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit http://www.iStayGreen.org.

About iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,500 already Green Eco-Leaf Rated, it's easy for anyone to quickly locate and compare "Green" lodging worldwide. To earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating, hotels must complete a thorough self-audit, and then are rated based on their eco-initiatives. The site also provides an effective way for hotel owners and operators to promote all of the good "Green" things they are doing. Visitors to the site can create their own profiles, add friends, recommend properties, upload photos, form groups, create and respond to forum threads, make reservations, and add comments and reviews to hotel profiles.

Contact:    
Richard Varner
602-864-5553
rvarner(at)istaygreen(dot)org

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