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Community Development: January 16, 2010

California Hotels Go Green with Low-Flow Toilets, Solar Lights

Visitors to the Gaia Napa ValleyHotel and Spa won’t find the Gideon Bible in the nightstanddrawer. instead, on the bureau will be a copy of “AnInconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore's book about global warming.


They’ll also find the Gaia equipped with waterless urinals,solar lighting and recycled paper as it marches toward becoming California’s first hotel certified as “green,” or benevolentto the environment. Similar features are found 35 miles south at San Francisco’s Orchard Garden Hotel, which competes for customers with neighboring luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont.


Swinerton Inc., a San Francisco-based construction company,has worked on more than 20 buildings seeking certification. The 86-room Orchard Garden, completed last year, was its first hotel, said Grant French, a Swinerton Engineer.


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