“Visitors to the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa won’t find the Gideon Bible in the nightstand drawer. Instead, on the bureau will be a copy of ‘An Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore’s book about global warming.
They’ll also find the Gaia equipped with waterless urinals, solar lighting, recycled paper and a toilet paper dispenser that only dispenses one sheet per visit,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â as it marches toward becoming California’s first hotel certified as ‘green,’ or benevolent to the environment. Similar features are found 35 miles south at San Francisco’s Orchard Garden Hotel, which competes for customers with neighboring luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont.”
I added the bit about the toilet paper as a joke and as a homage to the beautiful, talented and ecologically-aware singer, Sheryl Crow.
I usually patronize a Super 8 motel, but if I had the financial resources this is the type of luxury hotel where I would love to spend a weekend.
Only a few fundamentalists believeÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â the Apocalyptic events predicted in the Bible will come to pass, but most renowned scientists are convinced that the only way to avoid the cataclysmic events foretold in Gore’s book is by severely reducing our carbon dioxide emissions. Every hotel, not just the luxury ones catering to people who care about the environment, should replace their Gideon Bibles with copies of “An Inconvenient Truth”.
“The Gaia and Orchard are seeking to be the first hotels in California certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, which has authenticated 800 buildings across the U.S. and has about 6,000 in the process, including 30 hotels. San Francisco and other cities offer financial incentives to lessen water and energy use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”
If we are to save our little planet, every hotel should be required toÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â go green.
Bless Gaia for Al Gore, Sheryl Crow and the Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and SpaÃƒâ€šÃ‚ÂI write a weekly column for a small town newspaper in Virginia, and I also write for several Web sites. Please leave a comment or send me an email at: email@example.com