The posh Grand Del Mar resort in North San Diego County has joined the ranks of the country’s leading supporters of sustainability. The 249-room resort has been named a member of The Climate Registry and recognized as a “Cool Planet Project Success Story” by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit, the leading voluntary greenhouse gas registry in North America.
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 – each committed to sharing best practices and reducing energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.
“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, Voss said 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 that 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 percent.
-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,” Voss said.