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  • Green Efforts initiated by Gaia Hotel and Spa, Anderson

First LEED Silver Certified Hotel in the Northstate 

Gaia Hotel & Spa was constructed in 2007 as an environmentally sustainable hotel in Anderson, California. It is the only LEED certified hotel in Northern California with Silver status, and has Gold status with TripAdvisor Green Leaders. Gaia Hotel and Spa is dedicated to responsible hospitality and helping to preserve the earth, from its building materials and landscaping to its recycling and conservation initiatives. We love the beauty of Northern California and invite you to help us in our efforts to keep it green future generations and travelers.

How We Go Green

  • 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 shower heads, with appropriately sized and efficient HVAC units 
  • 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's 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 include 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 available in the lobby library for guests to enjoy

Green Gaia Hotel and Spa features include: 

  • 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
  • Purchases from local farms
  • Draft beer or fountain sodas
  • Require minimal packaging from all food vendors
  • Donation of used furniture, equipment, carpet, towels, sheets, and blankets to non-profit housing agencies
  • Saline pool and hot tub
  • Reduced size and number of dumpsters
  • Recycling of cans, bottles, paper, boxes, frying oil
  • Returning of hangers to cleaners
  • Laundry room vented to outside
  • Reuse of file folders and binders
  • Discounted banquet space for environmental organizations
  • Emphasis on local area nature-related activities
  • Monitoring of water, energy, and solid waste
  • High reflective roof cover to reduce heat
  • Vegetarian and vegan meals, upon request
  • Conveyor type dishwasher with electric eye with automatic water shut off
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