If you’re looking to enjoy refreshing ocean breezes and picture perfect panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean while dining on fresh, local fare or would rather just sit savoring a cool glass of wine or a signature cocktail in an upscale bar boarding an oceanfront lanai, the Aqua Beachfront Bar, located inside the lobby of the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach, sets the standard for guests with the most discriminating of tastes.
“As members of the Green Hotel Association, and being located in such proximity to the ocean, the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach has long since recognized the importance of caring for our environment,” said Douglas Wood, General Manager. “It was with that eco-friendly mindset that we applied for our restaurants Aqua Beachfront Bar, and more recently, NOM Tequila Grill, to become City of Ventura Certified Green Businesses.”
Wood believes that becoming a green certified business is smart business because it saves money and builds community sustainability, and “It’s just the right thing to do.”
“With the California drought now in its third year, one area that’s really been impacted is our water usage,” said Wood. “We’ve made tremendous efforts to conserve, and as a result, our water bills significantly lower.”
Some of the restaurant’s water conservation practices include serving water only upon request, as well as cleaning dishes and doing laundry with full loads. Wood noted that they also, whenever possible, purchase eco-friendly cleaners.
“Everything we purchase has got to have an element of sustainable or recycled product,” said Wood. All of the “to-go” boxes and utensils are made from recyclable content. Even the décor has elements of sustainability, from the attractive bar tables made out of sunflower seeds, to the carpeting made with recycled backing.
The Crowne Plaza is a participant of the food waste recycling program offered in partnership by Harrison and the City of Ventura. Food waste is collected in the kitchen and is taken to Agromin to be composted.
“We’ve been involved with the food waste recycling program for about four years now,” said Wood. “Providing our food scraps for compost has also significantly reduced our trash pickups and our bill.”
Recycle blue bins are found everywhere throughout the property from the guest rooms to staff offices, in the restaurants, kitchen, and common areas.
“Since were a 24/7, 365 day operation, we’re always on,” said Wood. “However, we also do what we can to conserve energy and reduce our carbon footprint. LED lighting was installed throughout property, and we work to ensure that when not in use, all lights are turned off and that thermostats are programmed to 74 degrees F.”
To help the hotel staff and management walk the “green” line, Wood, along with Patrick Caulfield, the hotel’s Chief Engineer, work to educate staff on green practices as well as spearhead the development and supervision of the hotel’s green efforts.
“The environmental engagement even extends to our guests,” said Wood. “We enjoy talking about our sustainable practices, mentioning our recycled décor, the fact we serve farm to table locally sourced and sustainable food products, and that the fish on the menu is dictated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch List. Every day we seem to learn something new, and it’s our pleasure and our duty to keep where we work, play and live as sustainable as we can for the longevity of our community.”
Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel is professionally managed and operated by Providence Hospitality Partners (PHP); based in Denver, Colorado
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–Maryann Ridini Spencer for SustainableVentura.TV