RCI has announced the winners of its annual RCI® Green Awards, with Grand Pacific Palisades Resort in Carlsbad, Calif. awarded the highest honor for the second year in a row. The third iteration of this competitive award program saw applications from many of RCI’s most environmentally-conscious affiliates, with the winners based on criteria set by third-party sustainability expert Green Key Global.
Grand Pacific Palisades Resort, the winner of the Platinum RCI Green Award for the second consecutive year, exemplifies best-in-class practices for sustainability. Green policies and procedures are entrenched in day-to-day activities on site, and are an important factor in management’s planning. Examples of this resort’s sustainable actions include: using a green roof and high-albedo materials on more than 75 percent of the roof area; using high-efficiency lighting technology on more than 75 percent of light fixtures; installing high-efficiency windows in the majority of the building; providing bus passes to employees to promote public transportation use; and implementing a linen and towel reuse program for guests.
Peacock Suites in Anaheim, Calif. was awarded the Gold RCI Green Award this year. This property also demonstrates a range of green practices, including: participation in community and park clean ups, Earth Day and tree planting initiatives; providing employees with shuttle bus access, bike storage and parking for low-emission vehicles; utilizing renewable energy for some of the hotel’s energy needs; and rain sensors for irrigation to prevent over-watering.
Also based in Carlsbad, Calif., Hilton Grand Vacations Club at MarBrisa again took home the Silver RCI Green Award. This resort’s commendable sustainability initiatives include: assignment of a Green Team to coordinate environmental initiatives; using energy-efficient lighting in 90 percent of general areas; in-room recycling programs; and implementing annual audits of energy and water consumption.
RCI collaborated with Green Key Global, a leader in eco-certification, to assess and rate all resort applicants. The results of the Green Key Eco-Rating Program assessments determined the winners of this year’s RCI Green Awards.
For more information and details on the RCI Green Awards, visit www.RCIaffiliates.com.