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Find Out More About Our Northern California Green Initiatives

Gaia Hotel & Spa was constructed in 2007 as an environmentally sustainable hotel. It is the only LEED certified hotel in Northern California - Silver status and Gold status with TripAdvisor Green Leaders.
All lumber used for the hotel is FSC (international network to promote responsible management of the world's forests).
Low VOC sealants and adhesives were used throughout the hotel for carpet, construction and paints.
All restrooms built with recycled tiles and granite
All toilets are 40% DDLow flush and all guestrooms are equipped with low flow showerheads
Appropriately sized and efficient HVAC units are used.
All windows used are efficient, low energy transmittable and reduce glare. Solatube tubular skylights are used throughout the hotel including our conference rooms, lobby and hallways. These skylights magnify the sun's rays to deliver abundant light into the property interior spaces during the day.
Newspapers are not delivered to each occupied room. They are located in the lobby and restaurant for guests.
Bulk soap and shower dispensers are used in all guest rooms. This helps to eliminate hundreds of pounds of plastic containers and packaging daily from mini shower bottles and soap.
All fertilizers used for landscaping are natural and chemical free. Native and climate-adaptive plants were used so water use for irrigating is very limited. 50% of the original trees on the property were preserved, which included pecan trees. And wildflowers with reproducing seeds. Landscaping waste is never swept into storm drains or gutters.
Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used to clean the property.
Books on the environment and sustainable living are in the lobby library for guests to enjoy.

Gaia Hotel & Spa also features:

  • 100% non-smoking rooms
  • Live or potted plants
  • Waterless urinal to save water
  • Ice and Soft drinks in shade areas
  • Energy efficient appliances
  • Washable hats and aprons
  • No Styrofoam or plastic table ware
  • Grease traps in all waste
  • Purchasing from local farms
  • Draft beer or fountain sodas
  • Require from all food vendors minimal packaging
  • Conveyor type dishwasher with electric eye with automatic water shut off
  • Saline pool and hot tub
  • Reduce size and number of dumpsters
  • Recycle cans, bottles, paper, boxes, frying oil
  • Return hangers to cleaners
  • Donate used furniture, equipment, carpet, towels, sheets, blanket to non-profit housing agency
  • Laundry room vented to outside
  • Reuse file folders and binders
  • Discount banquet space for environmental organizations
  • Emphasize local area nature related activities
  • Monitor water, energy and solid waste
  • High reflective roof cover to reduce heat
  • Offer vegetarian and vegan meals
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