Recognizing and supporting the complex relationship between our environment, the economy and society
01 / 08 / 2009Salamander Resort & Spa views sustainability and environmental sensitivity as being a responsibility and not a trend.
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In support of this outlook, we have registered with The US Green Building Council who establishes and oversees LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for new and existing buildings. Applicants are evaluated in the six categories of site control, water use, energy, materials, indoor air quality, and innovation of design.
Salamander Resort & Spa will be the first new luxury destination resort and spa in the United States to achieve LEED certification, when we open in Spring 2010, meeting requirements in all six of the evaluation areas.
A partial list of these design elements includes:
- Protection of 300 of the resort’s 340 acres as “a conservation conservancy” and wetlands space
- Landscaping using native plants to minimize irrigation
- Where possible, using building materials that are made of recycled products
- Using low emitting paints, carpet and window treatments
- Unobtrusive external lighting preserving nocturnal views and minimizing light pollution
- Fully sustainable operations that include waste, water and energy management programs in both guest and heart-of-the-house areas
- Purchasing whenever possible local and fair-trade services and goods
- Resort’s support of the protection of local historical and culturally important areas
- Farm-to-table sourcing of food and purchase of sustainable, organic products for more than 80% of items, including the large on-site chef’s garden
- “Staying Green” program for individual guests to minimize their impact on the environment
- “Meeting Green” program to reduce carbon footprint of group attendees