If you enjoy dining in a beautiful California casual setting with picturesque water views overlooking a stunning harbor surrounded by majestic mountains, Alexander’s Restaurant, located inside the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort, serves up a substantial helping of ambience as well as delicious, fresh seafood and meat entrees. As a new City of Ventura Certified Green Business, Alexander’s, also demonstrates a host of sustainable practices to their menu.
“The resort started employing eco-friendly programs and practices in 2012,” said James Boldizar, Director of Sales for the Four Points by Sheraton Ventura Harbor Resort. “In fact, it’s the resort’s goal, as well as the goal of all Starwood Hotels, to cut our carbon footprint 30% by 2020. So being sustainable is something that’s a top priority.”
Before becoming certified, Alexander’s was already recycling paper, plastic, and aluminum cans, as well as participating in E.J. Harrison & Sons commercial organic food waste collection program.
“E. J. Harrison’s food waste collection program has been phenomenal for us,” added Boldizar. “In fact, I was recently informed that since January 2016, we’ve already composted 44.8 tons of organic food waste! That number will only continue to rise. The program also accounts for a substantial savings on our trash and energy bills, and it helps us conserve water because we don’t have to run our dishwashers as frequently.“
“Becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business was the next logical step for us,” continued Boldizar. “We definitely wanted to learn more about all the ways we can conserve. What we’ve discovered is that our staff really responds to the green approach, and our patrons take note too. It’s truly a sense of pride and accomplishment.”
A sampling of green practices Alexander’s employs include the use of low-flow faucets and energy efficient, low-flow, low-pressure dishwashers and laundry machines in their kitchen. To conserve water and save on laundering, the restaurant uses placemats vs. table linens. Additionally, there are signs on every table letting customers know they need to request a glass of water with their meal.
“The signs we display indicate that it takes three glasses of water to provide just one, because each glass of water requires not only the drinking water, but you also have to take into account the water it takes to make ice cubes as well as to wash the glasses.”
Whenever possible or applicable, the restaurant makes it a point to purchase only recycled content products as well as sustainably produced fresh, local fruits, vegetables, meats, and fish.
“We also buy sustainable coffees, teas — even wines,” said Boldizar. “We strive to support local businesses because we understand the economics of how that impacts our community.”
Another sustainable initiative, which has translated into a huge cost savings for the restaurant, has been the installation of LED lighting throughout the venue, which was achieved through a special program offered by Southern California Edison.
“We’re always looking to do whatever we can do to keep green and do our part,” said Boldizar. “We love our community and we want to ensure it’s sustainability for years to come.”
Four Points by Sheraton
Ventura Harbor Resort
1050 Schooner Drive Ventura, CA, United States
Fourpoints.com/Ventura, (805) 658-1212
For more information about becoming a City of Ventura Certified Green Business, click here.
–Maryann Ridini Spencer for Sustainable Ventura News