Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes


Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes in Southern California is a new resort that “is being created with the utmost sensitivity to its native environment and a guiding philosophy of ecological sustainability.” That being said, I can’t think of a better place to hold a conference or retreat if you’re in the market for a destination on the West coast, particularly if you like the Earth, which most of us do. You can count on a sustainable location, as well as enjoy the on-site organic fine dining.

Terranea is an eco-friendly California resort committed to protecting the valuable coastal resources that define the Palos Verdes peninsula and make Terranea one of the most valued natural locations in the world. No land mass is being removed from the area during the development of Terranea, and 40% of the materials from abandoned structures left behind by previous tenants are being recycled and used in site preparation of the new resort, and 65,000 tons of onsite rock was crushed to utilize under roads and walkways. That’s pretty impressive.

I could go on and on about the environmentally friendly practices of this resort, but I’ll let you check Terranea’s website to find out more.

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Here’s the short list of the eco-friendly practices and goals in place at Terranea:nclude:

  • Embrace the ultimate goal of zero-waste
  • In year 1-3, attain at least 70% of waste not going to landfill
  • Recycling program that includes paper, glass, plastic, metals and organic waste
  • Adopt FLOSS philosophy for food: Fresh, Local, Organic, Seasonal, Sustainable
  • Purchase bio-degradable room amenity containers
  • Provide organic dry cleaning services
  • Create uniforms made of bamboo cotton or chemical free organic cotton, wool or hemp
  • Purchase from “green” vendors and suppliers
  • Utilize certified “green” cleaning products
  • Printed materials on 30% PCW (post consumer waster) and made with wind-generated electricity
  • Print with vegetable ink
  • Paperless check-in and check-out
  • Utilize Green-Key (recyclable, bio-degradable and produced from paperboard)
  • Utilize earth-friendly paper and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper
  • Energy efficiency program
  • High-impact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Water conservation program
  • Utilize natural daylight
  • Embrace DH&R Corporate Destination Earth initiatives

I think the only way the place could be any greener is if they hadn’t built a building at all. Being from a place that leaves old construction empty in favor of clear cutting to create new subdivisions (Little Rock, AR), I’m SUPER happy they’re using recycled materials from the grounds in the construction.