Cavallo Point Lodge Chooses Nandina Organics For Sustainability

Posted November 14th, 2012 to Lifestyle              

Cavallo Point image by Michal Venera

Cavallo Point Lodge is an environmentally sustainable ‘base camp’ where the city’s urban edge meets the rugged Marin Coast and is located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Fort Baker.  Guests can enjoy the expanse of the San Francisco Bay Area and the wine country of Napa and Sonoma.  Cavallo Point Lodge marks a milestone for California and the National Park Service. Fort Baker was added in 2002 to the 75,000-acre Golden Gate National Parks, the largest urban park in the United States.  Cavallo Point Lodge signals a new era, one that burnishes Fort Baker’s stalwart legacy as it preserves historic buildings, protects the environment and ensures access to the revitalized site for generations to come. A member of Preferred Hotels® & Resorts, Cavallo Point Lodge was developed by the Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC.  Fort Baker Retreat Group is the entity responsible for developing and rehabilitating Cavallo Point Lodge and includes Equity Community Builders LLC, Passport Resorts LLC and Ajax Capital Corp.

The project involved careful rehabilitation of the original historic buildings and interior features, along with a minimal amount of new construction. “Given the guidelines for the rehabilitation of buildings on the National Register, to achieve a LEED Gold certification is a testament to the passion that all of the partners—the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Fort Baker Retreat Group—had for preserving the buildings with a high level of sustainability,” said Peter Heinemann, principal of Passport Resorts, the hotel management company that oversees the management of Cavallo Point

But what exactly is LEED certification? LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and is rapidly redefining the way we think about homes, buildings and communities. It provides a guide for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a home, building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health:  sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED certification is a point-based system where building projects satisfy specific green building criteria in six categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy &Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design.  The number of points earned determines the level of LEED Certification: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

As part of Cavallo Point ‘s effort to consistently meet the highest standards for sustainability, they recently chose Nandina Organics to provide their distinctive new organic cotton towels.  Hotel Collection  Nandina® Organics is the first manufacturer to offer a unique sustainability program to the hospitality industry.  The company’s mission is founded on a basic concept. Nandina® products will not use raw materials or manufacturing processes that deplete resources or harms the environment; a practice that allows them to meet society’s current demands without compromising the needs of future generations.

Nandina’s recycling program is actually very simple. Once hotel linens have completed their useful life, Nandina® arranges to have the towels shipped back to their facilities where the process of recycling those used linens into new organic products begins.  The company is currently unable to recycle those linens back into new towels; however, they can and do make great T-shirts!  For more information on Nandina’s recycling program please email them at

Nandina® is an innovative company created by people who are committed to protecting and ultimately preserving our environment.  They recognize from the growing worldwide demand for green products that consumers are looking for unique and viable alternatives to the mass-produced and potentially harmful brands most of us still use today.  Please join them in securing a better environment for future generations.

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