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California loves the earth, so it should come as no surprise that hotels all along this sunny state boast eco-friendly practices. Check out some of our favorites here: This 36-room boutique hotel in the heart of Healdsburg in Sonoma County is a good pick for eco-conscious folks looking for something convenient to wineries with a modern, hip, relaxed vibe. With a LEED Gold certification, the H2 features green amenities such as loaner bicycles, lots of open spaces, and a green roof.

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 California loves the earth, so it should come as no surprise that hotels all along this sunny state boast eco-friendly practices. Check out some of our favorites here:
This 36-room boutique hotel in the heart of Healdsburg in Sonoma County is a good pick for eco-conscious folks looking for something convenient to wineries with a modern, hip, relaxed vibe. With a LEED Gold certification, the H2 features green amenities such as loaner bicycles, lots of open spaces, and a green roof.
California loves the earth, so it should come as no surprise that hotels all along this sunny state boast eco-friendly practices. Check out some of our favorites here:
This 36-room boutique hotel in the heart of Healdsburg in Sonoma County is a good pick for eco-conscious folks looking for something convenient to wineries with a modern, hip, relaxed vibe. With a LEED Gold certification, the H2 features green amenities such as loaner bicycles, lots of open spaces, and a green roof. The hotel's many eco-friendly initiatives earned it the Silver LEED certification in 2010, becoming the sixth hotel in the U.S. to attain it in the "Existing Building" category. The Portola makes use of several energy-efficient technologies, such as Energy Star flat-screen TVs in every room and enzyme-based detergents. Plus, Jacks Restaurant and Peter B's Brewpub serve organic, local and sustainable food, and use compostable take-out containers. In addition to other eco-conscious initiatives, the hotel produces hot water with a cogeneration that simultaneously generates electricity on-site. The Ambrose, which recycles or composts 75 percent of its waste output, was the first hotel to receive the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver Certification. All of its appliances are Energy Star rated; 15 percent of guest rooms use Clean and Green Wind Power; bath tissues, copy paper and napkins are made from recycled materials; and toilets and faucets are water efficient. Most LEED-certified hotels are constructed from the ground up with LEED certification criteria in mind, and the W San Francisco is one of only a handful of hotels to achieve LEED certification for an existing structure. The hotel replaced its HVAC cooling unit with an energy-efficient model, uses energy-efficient lights in 70 percent of its guest rooms, and is considering installing wind turbines on the roof. This LEED Silver-certified hotel features the Kimpton brand's EarthCare program, which includes more than 100 eco-friendly products and operating practices. The Hotel Wilshire also has a rooftop pool area with restaurant and bar, ample lounge space, and panoramic views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills. The Post Ranch Inn is committed to promoting green initiatives. The hotel makes use of solar panels to offset energy use and operates a water filtration plant. Rooms are provided with two stainless steel water bottles for guests to use and take home with them when they leave. Buildings are made from sustainable materials and were designed to organically work with Big Sur's impressive landscape. The grounds are covered in drought resistant plants native to the region, and all cleaning products are biodegradable. Guests also have the option to take out a Lexus Hybrid loaner car, pending availability. Hotel Shangri-La puts eco-consciousness into serious practice. Aside from typical nods to the environment (nonsmoking rooms, using recycled plastic whenever possible), the hotel is striving to be awarded a two-year, renewable membership in the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, which upholds extremely strict criteria for "conserving resources, preventing pollution, and minimizing waste." This affordable (if slightly boring) boutique near Union Square and Nob Hill with low-flow toilets and showers, chemical-free cleaning products, recycling policies, and energy-efficient practices was the first hotel in San Francisco to achieve LEED certification. The Stanford Terrace Inn is conveniently located across the street from Stanford University's southeast end. The Palo Alto hotel has 80 units, all somewhat sparsely furnished with traditional-style furnishings. Rooms are incredibly spacious, though, and even the standard rooms come with sitting areas, large work spaces, microwaves, and mini-fridges. There are even "green" rooms with sophisticated air-filtration systems and biodegradable lotions and soaps. The Shore was built in 2011 with LEED certification in mind. The owners constructed the hotel from scratch, which allowed for the use of recycled materials and an eco-friendly design. The U-shape of the building allows the hotel to maximize natural heating and lighting, as all rooms face westward toward the sun. In addition, about half of the materials used in the hotel's construction were recycled, and another fraction were locally sourced. All facilities and guestrooms in the hotel have a focus on local and organic ingredients, including the fitness center and restaurant.
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