By Marguarite Clark
Setting consistent standards to calculate, verify and report greenhouse gas emissions into a single registry, The Climate Registry helps organizations measure and reduce CHG emissions. As a member, the resort joins a community of nonprofit, corporate, government, academic and industrial organizations from across North America – all committed to sharing best practices and reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions. The Grand Del Mar was also recognized as a “Cool Planet Project Success Story” by The Climate Registry.
“We are proud to be affiliated with The Climate Registry, as well as its Cool Planet Project, which offers an opportunity for SDG&E business customers to take action on climate change,” said Tom Voss, president of The Grand Del Mar. “Our sustainability efforts have expanded considerably since the resort opened more than six years ago.”
Since it opened in 2007, The Grand Del Mar has made it a priority to reduce its carbon footprint through an aggressive energy reduction strategy. In 2012, the hotel hired James Tosh, a full time sustainability manager, to focus on reducing the resort’s environmental impact while enhancing energy efficiency. Highlights of the resort’s sustainability program include:
· Using the most energy efficient lighting available, including compact fluorescent, high-efficiency light bulbs in all guestrooms and corridors.
· Replacing over 5,000 standard incandescent bulbs with high efficiency LED bulbs. In 2013, the hotel replaced its standard mechanical thermostats with state-of-the-art “smart” thermostats which can detect when a room is unoccupied and communicate this information directly with the property management system.
· Utilizing zero-emission utility carts; The Grand Golf Club’s fleet features the energy efficient “Precedent i2” electric golf carts by Club Car.
· Instituting a carpool program which saved employees 900 car trips to and from work in 2013.
· Taking advantage of recycling programs, earning the resort nods as “Recycler of the Year” from the City of San Diego in both 2012 and 2013.
· Replacing 15 fountain and pool pumps with high efficiency variable-frequency drive (VFD) pumps. In some cases, the hotel saw energy savings in excess of 80%.
The hotel is currently retro-commissioning all the buildings on property to ensure all systems are working as efficiently as possible.
According to Voss, these projects have resulted in considerable energy reductions totaling more than three million pounds of carbon dioxide – or the equivalent of taking 286 cars off the road.
“We are continually looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and encourage our staff to make their own lifestyle changes as well,” he said.
About The Grand Del Mar
Situated amid a spectacular private preserve in Coastal North San Diego County, The Grand Del Mar is a luxurious retreat that combines the old-world charm of a Mediterranean estate with the modern luxuries of a world-class resort. The AAA Five Diamond, Forbes Five-Star property features: 249 elegantly appointed guestrooms and suites; San Diego’s only Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course; a Forbes Five-Star Renaissance-inspired spa; regional dining, including the award-winning Addison with Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley; four swimming pools; two outdoor tennis courts; an enclave of residential Villas; and more than 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting space. For reservations, please call, toll-free, 1-877-814-8472; or book online at www.TheGrandDelMar.com.