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Sustainability at Chaminade Resort & Spa


We've Committed Ourselves to Keeping Santa Cruz County Healthy

When you stay at Chaminade Resort & Spa, you can be sure that our accommodations and guest services are carefully designed to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.


Community Commitment Program - Hometown Hospitality: Caring for Our Communities is a responsible corporate citizenship program at Chaminade that formalizes many active community involvement programs and engages the property as a vital contributor in its home community.

Community Outreach -  Chaminade Resort & Spa’s staff coordinates regular events to reach out to the community, including fundraisers, toy drives, beach clean-ups, holiday and other events for the Boys & Girls Club and Relay for Life.


We use tableware and cloth napkins to minimize waste. Disposable products are used only for To-go containers, which are made of corn and potato starches. We never use Styrofoam. Menus are based on seasonally available and locally sourced ingredients, going so far as to work with farmers to have access to vegetables and herbs not grown commercially. Organic menus for large groups can be developed upon request. Bulk condiments are available to eliminate the waste from individually portioned items. Food waste is separated out: compost items, recyclable items and garbage. There are waste containers designed for each type of garbage. Waste is sorted in back of house and is done consistently with all recyclable or compost items throughout the property. Water bottles are not used onsite. Instead, water pitchers and glasses are used.


Electric Vehicles are used by staff onsite. Everything needed for a successful meeting experience, including restaurants, is located onsite to minimize the need for transportation. Shuttle bus services are available as a convenience to our guests as well as a method for reducing the number of vehicles on property.


Compact florescent lighting is used throughout the property to decrease energy usage. Most heating and air conditioning are on energy management system and the hotel uses Energy Star appliances wherever possible.


Everything recyclable is separated and recycled, and everything compostable is composted. Chaminade has been donating left over food to local shelters for over 8 years. Toner cartridges are returned to the manufacturer and all e-waste is properly recycled. All Conference Event Orders and other correspondence are emailed or done by phone to reduce paper consumption, unless customer requests for materials to be faxed.


Printing paper used is certified fiber sourced & certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Chaminade uses the greenest paper products in the hospitality market. Cleaning products used on property and in guest rooms are organic and have been awarded the highest government rating Designed for the Environment (DFE).


Chaminade Resort & Spa provides optional linen service, serves water only upon request and makes use of drip irrigation controls. Low flow tanks are installed throughout the property to minimize water usage.