- AeroVironment electric vehicle charging stations for EV-driving guests
- ENERGY STAR-compliant lighting, ice machines, printers minimize power draw
- Membership in AAA Eco Program, Green Hotels Association, Sustainable Travel International, Ecogreen Hotels, and Wyndham Green
In 2006, Raakesh Patel converted a 25-year-old hotel in Mendocino County, CA to a Super8 property, and began his quest to create the first green hotel in the area. After two years of renovations, along with continual green upgrades and improvements, he achieved his goal, and 54-room Super8 Ukiah now combines modern luxuries with sustainable lodging practices.
“Going green was my personal choice and I truly believe in saving energy, conserving water, reducing waste and recycling,” says Patel. “So I put my green thinking into practice and trained my employees.” Patel has implemented a variety of eco-friendly practices, from serving 100% organic coffee and teas at the daily continental breakfast, to using bio-degradable serving ware. Super8 Ukiah also offers a linen reuse program, while rooms are cleaned using environmentally-safe products from EcoLab. Renovations over the past five years have resulted in the installation of programmable timers for lighting systems, double-paned Low E windows, and ENERGY STAR-compliant lighting, ice machines, printers and other appliance. Periodic audits of the hotel’s compliance make sure everything is running smoothly. These audits cover everything from waste disposal efficiency and water savings to recycling, supply chain and designated eco-initiatives.
“The ownership and management of the Super 8 Hotel [sic] set a great example of environmental stewardship that other business owners could emulate,” says Mark Gosvener of Efficiency Services Group, who conducted an energy audit on behalf of the City of Ukiah of the Super8 Ukiah property in December 2010. “I did not discover any energy efficiency opportunities or recommendations that I could make that would provide any substantial energy savings.”
The strides Patel has made in creating the only eco-friendly hotel in Ukiah have not gone unnoticed by the green travel industry. Super8Ukiah has earned an approved, three-leaf (very good) rating from iStayGreen.com, a leading green travel planning website. Patel also hold memberships in AAA, The Green Hotels Association, Ecogreen Hotels, Sustainable Travel International and Wyndham Green. The hotel’s most recent addition – an electric vehicle charging station – makes Super8Ukiah even more accessible to eco-conscious guests. The EVSE-RS electric vehicle charging station from AeroVironment (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV) will enable like-minded guests to book a room to recharge themselves while they recharge their cars, so they can start the day in Ukiah just as they do at home – with a full charge. AeroVironment has a long history in the development of EVs and EV support technology, and the company’s solutions have a reputation for quality, reliability, safety and service. It is important for EV drivers to have access to proven charging technology that they can count on to “refuel” their cars reliably and consistently. AeroVironment is the preferred charging solutions provider for the all-electric Nissan LEAF and is currently developing electric vehicle charging networks in Texas, Hawaii and other states across the US.
Patel recently joined the Green Business Bureau (www.gbb.org) to begin the process of becoming green business certified, further demonstrating his commitment to green. “I’m an AAA-approved property, and they recommended that I join the Green Business Bureau,” says Patel, referring to Green Business Bureau’s status as an approved eco-certification program for the AAA Eco Program. The AAA Eco Program identifies lodgings that are certified as eco-friendly by well-established, reputable government and private programs. Properties that wish to become members of the AAA Eco Program must demonstrate a relationship with one of the eco-certification entities listed on the AAA website (http://www.aaa.biz/approved/eco.html).
For more information on the Super8Ukiah and its green practices, please log onto www.super8ukiah.com orwww.super8ukiah.com/green-hotel.html For more information on AeroVironment and electric vehicle charging solutions, please log onto www.evsolutions.com
### About: The Super 8 Ukiah Hotel, the only eco-friendly Hotel in Ukiah, confers on you respite, pleasure and peace of mind amidst the beautiful and tranquil redwood forest. We have recently renovated our two-story hotel in Ukiah, California ornamenting it with the contemporaneous luxuries and modern amenities and highly sustainable lodging to fulfill all the desires of our coveted guests.
Contact: Super 8 Ukiah 693 South Orchard Avenue Ukiah, CA 95482 Ph – 707-468-8181 Fax – 707-468-8383 e-Mail – [email protected] Owner & GM – Raakesh Patel