Our Mission Statement
Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging is committed to reducing environmental impacts by engaging our associations, owners, guests and community throughthe use of responsible products and sustainable practices.
At Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging, a division of East West Resorts, we feel privileged to work and live in this beautiful mountain paradise and are dedicated to preserving it for generations to come. Our desire to respect our natural surroundings helps create a better environment of our guests, our employees, the community and the land. East West Resorts has established an EcoCare Team, comprised of representatives from each property we manage, that is responsible for coordinating and implementing new sustainable initiatives. Through our efforts, we hope to inspire others to mirror our practices as it makes sense environmentally, socially as well as financially. We hope you’ll appreciate what we’re doing in the properties we manage as well as what individual unit owners have implemented.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND OUR COMMUNITY
- Easy-to-use Single Stream Recycling areas
- Recycled paper products used as much as possible; double-sided printing and copying; Email confirmations and communication
- All properties are 100% nonsmoking
- Motion sensor lighting in storage rooms and housekeeping closets
- Compact fluorescent lighting on building exteriors and common areas
- Housekeeping products are citric acid-based and free of dye, fragrance, toxic chemicals; laundry products are phosphate-free and biodegradable
- Environmentally friendly bath amenities at most of our properties (No Animal Testing, No Parabens, Biodegradable, Dye-Free and #2 Recyclable Containers)
- Natural Dry Cleaning processes
- Encourage use of Energy Star appliances, low VOC (volatile organic compounds) carpet and paint, low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads
- Incentives to employees to use alternative transportation
- Paid time off for employees to volunteer for community and environmental programs such as Habitat for Humanity, Highway Clean-Up and Salvation Amy Adopt-A-Family/Food Drives.
- Memberships: Vail Valley Partnership – Destination Preservation and Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability
Clean The World
East West Resorts has recently partnered with Clean the World, an Orlando-based charitable organization that is committed to the prevention of illness and death caused by acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal disease in countries across the globe. In an effort to prevent these needless deaths from occurring (3.5 million children under the age of 5,) Clean the World collects discarded soap, shampoo and conditioner from hotels to be recycled and distributed to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries worldwide, as research has shown that 65% of these deaths could be prevented through simple hand washing with bar soap. There are collection bins in Housekeeping that will be shipped to Orlando via FEDEX when they’re full. The soap is then sanitized in Clean the World’s soap recycling plant, and bottles of shampoo and conditioner that are 75% full will be distributed to countries in need, along with the recycled soap. Bottles that are 50% full (or less) are sent to recycling operation centers where the plastic will be recycled. (FDA regulations do not allow the combining of shampoos or conditioners into one bottle.) Through our participation in Clean the World, our donations are measurable, and our impact is relevant and meaningful. If you have a moment and are interested in learning more, please visit their website at www.cleantheworld.org.
Monarch Eco Towels
We have also begun to transition our rental linen program towels to Monarch Eco towels which are made from super-fine, Extra-Long Staple (ELS) cotton, known for contributing to the sustainable consumption of cotton. These towels are 160% bulkier and more absorbent than traditional combed cotton towels. An independent test done at Colorado’s Destination Hotel's Inverness Hotel proved that they cost significantly less to launder, saving up to 30% in water consumption, using less detergent and taking 10-20% less drying time. Monarch Eco towels are manufactured in a state-of-the-art, bio-waste powered, zero discharge facility that produces no emission of effluents into the local water tables. The process also incorporates Control Union-certified, sustainable, eco-friendly dyes and chemicals to reduce impact on the environment.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP?
- Re-hang bath towels to indicate that you will be reusing them
- Opt to reuse your bed linens on your bed throughout your stay
- Make sure to turn off all lights and TV’s as well as turn down heat when leaving your vacation home
- Participate in Single Stream Recycling
- Take advantage of the complimentary public transportation in Tahoe.
- The EPA estimates that 75 percent of what Americans throw in the trash could actually be recycled.
- The national recycling rate of 30 percent saves the equivalent of more than five billion gallons of gasoline, reducing dependence on foreign oil by 114 million barrels.
- Recycling 35 percent of our trash reduces global warming emissions equivalent to taking 36 millions cars off the road.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours – or the equivalent of half a gallon of gasoline.
- More aluminum goes into beverage cans than any other product and Americans use over 80,000,000,000 aluminum cans every year.
- Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild our entire commercial fleet of airplanes every three months.
- To produce each Sunday’s newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down.
- The average American uses seven trees a year in paper, wood and other products made from trees.
- Approximately 1 billion trees’ worth of paper is thrown away every year in the U.S.
- Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures each year.
- Americans throw away 25,000,000 plastic beverage bottles every hour.
- Recycling plastic saves twice the energy as burning it in an incinerator.
- The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
- A modern glass bottle would take 4,000 years or more to decompose – and even longer if it’s in the landfill.
WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT?
THANK YOU FOR HELPING US CONSERVE OUR EARTH’S NATURAL RESOURCES!