All properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection have implemented over 100 environmental initiatives since the inception of the Destination Earth® program in January 2008. The eco-friendly program elements include decreasing energy and water usage, reducing waste, increasing recycling and composting, and purchasing local and organic food and beverages when possible.
Additionally, a Green Meetings program was launched throughout all properties in late 2009 in an effort to maximize waste diversion from meetings and conferences and to increase overall environmental awareness among hotel guests.
Terranea Resort Initiatives
Energy efficient compact fluorescent lighting or low voltage devices have been installed wherever appropriate, reduction total lighting to only 3 watts per square foot. Dimmers are used in all public areas, and motion detector switches are installed in guest bathrooms and back-of-house areas. Gas appliances and kitchen and laundry equipment are installed where appropriate.
Terranea Resort provides access to public transportation or shuttle services for its guests, and encourages car/van pools for our associates. Hybrid and low emission vehicles are used to reduce our carbon emissions. Staff air travel is "greened" with the purchase of carbon and electrical offset credits, which are also offered to clients, guests, media, and conference attendees for purchase.
Batteries, light bulbs and printer and copier toner cartridges are recycled.
Terranea Resort is an environmentally friendly resort situated on nearly fifteen acres of restored native habitat areas. Strict attention has been paid to reinforcing the biodiversity and integrity of this ecosystem through the native plant pallet. This native plant material is locally cultivated from a Palos Verdes seed bank and grown by the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy. Also, approximately 45 mature trees, remnants of Marineland, were preserved and replanted throughout the property. Of the 102 acres of the site, only 25% is covered by impervious surfaces (i.e., building or paving), leaving roughly 75 acres of green space.
The golf course's daily flows from irrigation water are treated in vegetated channels called Bioswales. Bioswales are essentially created wetlands which contain plant species known for their ability to remediate polluted water and soil through sedimentation, filtration, absorption, and vegetative uptake. In addition to enhancing water quality, they also provide habitat for many avian and aquatic species. The use of pesticides and fertilizers will be limited to those which are either organic in nature or those which have no residual effect.