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Environmental conservation is an essential element of Lodge on the Desert’s mission and vision. The hotel embraces green practices across all departments, acknowledging that green initiatives are environmentally responsible as well as economically beneficial.

Environmentally sustainable features, products and practices (by department) at Lodge on the Desert include:

Food and Beverage

  • Food sourced from local growers
  • Organic foods purchased whenever feasible
  • Sustainable seafoods
  • Composting for on-site garden, coming Fall, 2010
  • Used cooking oil converted to biodiesel fuels
  • Recycled “To Go” boxes
  • Use of Tru-Vodka — a complete circle of recycled packaging, recycled glass and labels
  • Eco-conscious cleaning products
  • Wine on tap eliminates bottles, labels, corks
  • Bulk packaged whole bean coffee


Suggested to clients for consideration are:

  • White boards in favor of flipcharts
  • When flipcharts are used, suggest high post-consumer content paper
  • Water pitchers rather than individual water bottles
  • For breaks — natural and bulk foods that minimize packaging waste
  • Catering office – uses one section of lighting in the office, eMail folders to save documents rather than printing eMails
  • Lights and computers turned off when leaving the office
  • Recycled office paper used for internal communication


  • Eco-conscious cleaning products throughout property, including laundry
  • 100% recycled and 80% post consumer public area and guest room paper products
  • Green stays for guests include offering water saving options for sheets and towels
  • Featured in all Lodge on the Desert guest rooms are Green NATÜRA bath products — the first amenity program specifically designed for environmental sustainability. This innovative toiletry collection features bottles made primarily from Plastarch Material (PSM), a corn-based biodegradable material and other environmentally sensitive packaging. The coordinating accessories are also made primarily from PSM and packaged in natural recycled paper cartons printed with soy based inks. The vegetable based soaps are cruelty-free, and contain no animal far or byproducts. All ingredients have been thoroughly tested and are not environmentally harmful in their expected usage and drainage to sewers and treatment plants. Using PSM significantly reduces environmental impact and promotes a sustainable future.
    Green NATÜRA bath productsGreen NATÜRA soap
  • Recycle program for guest room magazines
  • CFL lighting in most areas
  • Low-flow toilets and showerheads
  • Organic cotton linens and bamboo bath towels

Front Office

  • Paperless guest check-in/check-outs
  • Refurbished toners and recycled office paper

Employee Lunch Room

  • Reusable beverage cups
  • Reusable condiment containers

Sales and Marketing

  • Sales and Marketing’s salute to sustainability comes through its use of paperless, online promotional sales tools such as eMeetings & Events Guide and Weddings eBrochure. Once paper-trail staples, no more!