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Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa in California is Gold

Gold LEED Certified Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa in Northern California is an eco–friendly property whose name Gaia means “Mother Earth” in Greek.

Gaia’s green features include:

  • Skylights: Solatube tubular skylights are used in conference rooms, lobby and the hallways.
  • Landscaping: Chemical free landscaping with native and climate-adaptive plants for limited water use for irrigating.
  • Education: The resort promotes awareness of sustainability withGreenTouchscreen® kiosks show guests and visitors how much we are saving in water, electricity and how much CO2 we are emitting.”
  • Water: Facilitied include DDLow flush toilets, low flow showerheads, and koi pond uses recycled water from the site, that’s filtered and cleaned prior to entering the pond.

  • Recycling: There are recycling bins in rooms and around property and recycled paper products.
  • Cleaning: Environmentally friendly cleaning products are used to clean at Gaia.
  • Toiletries: Only bulk soap and shower dispensers are used in all guest rooms.
  • Wood Based Materials: The lumber used is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
  • Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants: Low VOC (volatile organic compound) sealants and adhesivesas well as paints used.
  • Carpet: Their floor coverings contain post consumer recycled material in the backing, fiber and pad.
  • Construction Waste Management: “The contractor is committed to implementing waste diversion practices as an integral part of their operations.
  • Stone: Bathrooms include recycled tiles and granite.
  • Environmental Quality: Means efficient HVAC units, aluminum exterior grates installed to minimize dust and particulates in the building to improve overall air quality.
  • Windows: Their windows are low energy transmittable and reduce glare.
  • Roof: Cool reflective roof reflects heat, saving money in cooling costs.

Written by Lucille Chi

Lucy Chi loves good green design, ethical fashion, environmental art and education, renewables, holistic healing and more. She has been dedicating her energies toward finding and drawing attention to all the ways in which products, companies, and industries are moving toward creating a more sustainable world on the global scale, as well as the way individuals are moving toward living sustainably, and healing at the personal level.

Sustainability studies: &
B.S. Cornell University, College of Human Ecology, Dept. of Textiles and Fiber Science.

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