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Laguna Beach's Casa Laguna Inn & Spa Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

Published: 02/20/2009

(Laguna Beach, CA) -- Casa Laguna Inn & Spa becomes the first lodging property in Laguna Beach, CA to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is first hotel in Laguna Beach to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by The property earned 4 Green Eco-Leafs, which is an "Excellent" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives California Green Lodging Program - levels, Green Hotel Association - levels. Richard Varner, founder of states: "Simple changes helped Casa Laguna Inn & Spa earn their 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become the first lodging property rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel."


“I am very pleased with this ‘Excellent’ rating and the recognition we have received for our efforts to improve the environment” said Paul Blank, owner of the Casa Laguna Inn & Spa.  Blank went on to state, “It is our goal to become the most earth-caring hotel in California. That goal is embraced by both staff and guests.”   

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place at the property include: low energy lighting initiatives - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - eco-incentive programs have been created for staff - water conservation initiatives are in-place - water conserving devices are installed - low water consumption landscaping has been installed - recycle containers are located inside guestrooms - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - reusable food & beverage service is used in lieu of disposable service items - compostable disposable service items are utilized - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - environmentally friendly detergents are used for laundry - environmentally friendly chemicals are used for carpet cleaning - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - low VOC materials (paint, adhesives, air freshener, carpet) are used at the property - bulk amenities and soaps are used - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Casa Laguna Inn & Spa Environmental Self-Audit (

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is the first Laguna Beach lodging property to achieve the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, it is anticipated that many other properties in the area that are promoting eco-friendly initiatives also will seek to be rated. This eco-rating allows the public to know the specific environmental initiatives in place at a property, which enables the environmentally conscious traveler to make informed lodging decisions.

For additional information about Casa Laguna Inn & Spa contact Paul Blank, Innkeeper at 949.494.2996 or visit To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit

About Casa Laguna Inn & Spa

The Casa Laguna Inn & Spa is a full service 20 room luxury boutique hotel in Laguna Beach, CA.  The historic structure sits on nearly an acre of lushly landscaped gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The hotel has served as an artists' colony and hideaway for Hollywood film stars.  It is known for charming and unique rooms with incredibly comfortable bedding and very high quality amenities as well as the welcoming, friendly and professional staff.  An award winning, full gourmet breakfast is served each morning and a casual wine and cheese reception takes place each evening.  Casa Laguna is highly ranked on, the world’s largest online travel community and source of traveler reviews and opinions of hotels. 

With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 3,000 already Green Eco-Leaf Rated, it's easy for anyone to quickly locate and compare "Green" lodging worldwide. To earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating, hotels must complete a thorough self-audit, and then are rated based on their eco-initiatives. The site also provides an effective way for hotel owners and operators to promote all of the good "Green" things they are doing. Visitors to the site can create their own profiles, add friends, recommend properties, upload photos, form groups, create and respond to forum threads, make reservations, and add comments and reviews to hotel profiles.

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