Sustainability Earns Bacara Resort & Spa the Cool Planet Award

Sustainability Earns Bacara Resort & Spa the Cool Planet Award

Many guests are interested in sustainability and look for hotels and resorts who share this value—a value Meritage Collection properties embrace. Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California, recently received the 2016 Cool Planet Award presented by Southern California Edison (SCE) and the Climate Registry. The Cool Planet Award recognizes SCE business customers that demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management within its business size and industry sector.



“At Bacara, it’s easy to be mindful of preserving our natural resources,” says General Manager Shashi Poudyal. “When you are located on one of California’s last remaining intact coastal habitats (the Gaviota Coast), you are reminded everyday just how beautiful and precious this planet is, and why we need to do our part to protect it.”

Bacara earned the highest honor for its exemplary leadership in energy efficient projects, participation in demand-response programs and establishment of environmental and greenhouse gas emissions management systems. Specifically, Bacara’s efforts included installing an energy efficient chiller and more than 1,500 LED lights and VFDs at all three of its pools.

“We are proud to receive this recognition for Bacara and our company’s overall efforts in energy conservation,” says Steve Arnold, chief operating officer and president of Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG). “Our company is dedicated to continuing to improve our green initiatives while also delivering exceptional service and experiences to our guests.”


PHG and its properties have made energy and carbon management a top priority through its dedicated energy-saving initiatives and carbon solutions. Since its inception, the Orange County-based company has invested an estimated $800,000 on energy projects.

“The state of California has shown courageous political leadership over the years, fortified by the recent extension and intensification of the SB 32 climate legislation,” says David Rosenheim, executive director of the Climate Registry. “We congratulate the 2016 Cool Planet recipients for the spectacular job they have done demonstrating how a smaller carbon footprint can correlate with a business’ long-term prosperity.”

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