Tuesday, July 15, 2008

America's Newest "Green" Hotel

If you are looking for an eco-friendly place to stay for your honeymoon and you are out in California check out the newest green luxury hotel that opened for business on May 1st

The GAIA Anderson Hotel & Spa Built for LEED Gold Certification

"Just south of the town of Redding, California, a new, very "green" hotel just opened in the town of Anderson.

GAIA Anderson Hotel & Spa, built for $14 million, opened on May 1, 2008 and is the latest creation from Mr. Wen Chang, creator of America's first, LEED Gold certified hotel, Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa in American Canyon, California.

Maintaining his very high standards for the ultimate in an eco-friendly hotel, Mr. Chang directed the construction crew in the usage of state-of-the-art green building practices that include 122 totally "green" rooms - painted with special, low-VOC paints, recycled carpets, state of the art and energy-saving air conditioners and heaters that use 15% less energy. Behind the walls, all the wood used in construction was certified as new growth wood.

Outside the hotel, on 11 beautiful acres of natural landscaping, touched by the Sacramento River, the landscaping is chemical-free."

This is a Building With A Heart

"The eco-friendly hotel features a full-service restaurant and more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space, all built under the rigorous construction guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council. Every detail is important. Exceeding the standards of the USGBC, nearly 90% of the wood used in the construction of the hotel is certified as sustainably-harvested and comes from local timber sources within 500 miles of the hotel's location.

Solar lighting, natural light from the sun, illuminates the public areas of the hotel through SolaTubes that focus the light of the sun into these areas, replacing electric lights and energy consumption during the day. Solar power provides more than 12% of the hotel's electrical needs, while a real-time display in the lobby shows how much energy and water is being used by the hotel, and how much CO2 - a common gas implicated in global warming - is being saved due to sophisticated energy conservation at the hotel.

Every inch of the grounds, with the hotel situated on 11 acres of beautiful land touched by the Sacramento river, are totally chemical-free with no herbicides, pesticides or toxic chemicals used in the landscaping.

No detail is overlooked. Scraps of wood, cardboard and metal left over from the nearly completed construction are recycled.

This is a remarkable, one-of-a-kind "Green" hotel - an environmentally sustainable hotel - that is setting a trend for new, eco-conscious travelers who expect to travel as they live: being environmentally conscious, walking the talk with a minimal impact on the earth and usage of as many recycled and natural products, and energy saving products, as humanly possible.

Located on 11 naturally-landscaped acres in Anderson, California (south of the city of Redding, just off Highway 5, the main North-South route from California to Oregon) GAIA Anderson Hotel & Spa is a 122 rooms, cutting-edge, eco-operational hotel offering guests the ultimate experience of harmony with nature. The nearly completed eco-hotel includes more than 5,000 square feet of meeting rooms, a full-service restaurant featuring California cuisine and local, artisan foods and banquet facilities for local events, weddings and other gatherings."

Learn more about The GAIA Anderson Hotel and Spa at http://www.gaiaandersonhotel.com/

Mr. Wen Chang, the creator of GAIA Anderson Hotel & Spa also created Gaia Napa Valley Hotel & Spa, the world's first, LEED Gold hotel. To learn more about the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel visit http://www.gaianapavalleyhotel.com/

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