GREEN INITIATIVES

PRESERVING BIG SUR’S ICONIC LANDSCAPE

We are proud of the inspiring setting we’ve created at Ventana Big Sur, but we also realize Big Sur is far bigger than us — that’s why we are very proactive in preserving this iconic landscape. For the Ventana team, “sustainability” isn’t merely a buzzword; it’s a way of life. From property-wide recycling programs and low-flow faucets to the use of native landscaping elements, we are committed to being the epitome of an eco-friendly California resort.

Ventana Big Sur’s green-friendly initiatives and policies:

  • We have an extensive property-wide recycling program for paper, newspaper, cardboard, cans, glass, aluminum, plastic, fluorescent bulbs, dry cell batteries, small amounts of copper and brass, waste oil, paints, solvents, ink cartridges and unneeded office equipment.
  • We have six electric-vehicle charging stations for our guests utilizing environmentally friendly plug-in hybrid or electric vehicles.
  • Styrofoam is not used anywhere on the property.
  • Ventana maintains membership in the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program, and adheres to guidelines on buying and serving seafood from sustainable sources.
  • Whenever possible, Sur House serves local, sustainably sourced organic vegetables, fruit, seafood and meat.
  • Ventana provides on-property housing for more than 40 employees, helping to reduce traffic and vehicle emissions.
  • We use fair-trade organic coffees and teas.
  • All marketing and in-room materials are printed on recycled paper, and we strive to use soy-based inks whenever possible.
  • The cleaning products used throughout the resort are non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
  • Select furniture is made from reclaimed wood from the Ventana property and surrounding area.
  • Packing materials are reused for shipping.
  • Our Glass House gallery features organic or natural-fiber clothing for sale.
  • We offer Rumpl Old Growth Puffy blankets, made from the same material as premium sleeping bags, in our glamping tents and for purchase; proceeds from Rumpl's sales of these blankets goes toward 1% For The Planet and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. 
  • Waste water is recycled in a geo-flow subterranean drip system.
  • Our public bathroom faucets are low-water consumption.
  • Guestrooms feature 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilets (low water consumption).
  • LED lighting and exit signs provide improved energy efficiency.
  • Guestroom towels have a daily voluntary reuse option.
  • The resort’s laundry system provides reusable bags for dirty and clean linens.
  • Old terrycloth and linens are recycled for use as rags.
  • HVAC systems use smart-room technology.
  • All HVAC/refrigeration fluids are reclaimed, reused and recycled.
  • Cooking grease is reclaimed and recycled.
  • Grease-trap grease is reclaimed and recycled quarterly.
  • All nonessential equipment is turned off when not in use.
  • Much of Ventana’s landscaping is drought-tolerant and/or native species.
  • Irrigation uses 100% recycled water, and is turned off during periods of rain or cold.
  • Plant waste is chipped, mulched and returned to the earth.