The City of Scottsdale, Arizona has evolved into one of the most eco-friendly
communities in the country. In fact, Scottsdale is the nation's first city to adopt a goal
that all new municipal buildings should be certified at the "gold" level by the United
States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED). In 2008, thanks in part to Scottsdale's Green Building Program, one-third of
all new single-family homes, many of them considered luxury Scottsdale homes, met
above-code energy and green rating requirements that qualify for Scottsdale's unique
Green Certificate of Occupancy designation.
Several of Scottsdale's finest resorts and spas are on the forefront of this green
revolution, including The Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, whose view-rich real
estate includes an on-site organic garden that produces a variety of vegetables, herbs
and spices for use in the resort's restaurant kitchens. FireSky Resort & Spa received
the Green Seal Certification in March 2010, making it the first Arizona hotel to
achieve this designation.
As part of its company-wide Eco Program, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers
energy-efficient lighting and water-conserving showerheads and tap aerators plus
menus incorporating local, seasonal and organically grown foods wherever possible.
In addition, through a partnership with AzBioDiesel, the resort collects used cooking
oil and converts the grease to biodiesel, helping to prevent more than 100,000 pounds
of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year.
Among the first resorts in the country to have an individual solely dedicated to
environmental management, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey
Ranch focuses on the areas of energy efficiency and waste minimization, as well as
guest environmental education through the resort's Native American and
Environmental Learning Center, Eco-pond and Native Heritage Seed Garden.
Meanwhile, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa recycles more than 127,000 pounds of
cardboard annually and supplies 300 pounds of green waste every week to create
organic fertilizer for a local farm that provides produce to T. Cook's restaurant.
The Talking Stick Resort, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian
Community, opened in July 2010 and incorporated green building elements using
locally manufactured recycled steel and renewable materials such as cork flooring.
The hotel also utilizes eco-friendly practices including the use of nontoxic cleaning
products, locally grown organic foods and low emission fabrics in guestroom and
Source: Press Release, www.ScottsdaleCVB.com Article Source: Russ Lyon blog