August 7, 2013

Portola Hotel and Spa: 2013 Business of the Year




Offering relaxation, luxury and a commitment to environmentally-friendly practices, we are proud to present Portola Hotel and Spa as our Save Our Shores 2013 Business of the Year.


“We are honored to be selected as this year's Business of the Year by Save our Shores,” said Janine Chicourrat, General Manager of Portola Hotel & Spa. “We take pride in our efforts by using eco-friendly materials whenever possible and we also promote a ‘green’ and environmentally-friendly lifestyle amongst our staff, guests and our community.  We are pleased that our efforts are being acknowledged by such an impactful organization.” 


Portola Hotel has partnered up with Save Our Shores on many occasions by hosting events and we can’t think of a place much better to hold an affair. With the ability to put on zero-waste accommodations for meetings and conferences for up to 900 people, they are experts in earth-friendly business practices. Beyond their low-flow fixtures and energy-efficient lighting, Portola Hotel has taken green to another level. 


The restaurants within the hotel all serve sustainable, local and organic faire and are part of the Seafood Watch Program. Jack’s Restaurant even boasts a 100 percent compostable carpet made from sheep’s wool and jute—that is about as natural as it gets! And these are just a few of the amazing steps toward their pursuit of a green operation. The entire list of their efforts can be found on their website.


Portola Hotel has earned the California Integrated Waste Management Board’s WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) Award 19 years in a row. They also received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award in 2011 as well as becoming the first Silver LEED Certified Green Hotel in Central California. 


For years the hotel has sponsored Del Monte beach through the Adopt-a-Beach program, taking local action to protect California coast lines. Save Our Shores is proud of Portola Hotel and its continued dedication to the coastal community.


“We have enjoyed partnering with Save our Shores on projects such as community beach clean ups and various fundraisers dedicated for Save Our Shores,” said Chicourrat. “We look forward to continuing to grow our partnership and most importantly, keep our shores pristine.”


Join us in celebrating Portola Hotel and Spa’s promise to sustainable and green business practices. We are thrilled to name them as our 2013 Business of the Year! The award ceremony will be held at  Toast to the Coast on August 25th.


photo courtesy of Portola Hotel and Spa



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