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Cavallo Point Lodge Awarded 2013 Travel + Leisure Global-Vision Award

By M+E Staff

Cavallo Point Lodge is the new award winner of the 2013 Travel + Leisure Global-Vision Award in the category of Sustainability. The internationally-acclaimed award winners are recognized in five categories including Culture, Conservation, Community, Leadership and Sustainability.

Cavallo Point Lodge received this award for establishing responsible travel practices and its commitment to the environment and the community. The lodge, which was also recently ranked among the Top 5 Resorts in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, was chosen from a pool of 200 international entries. Cavallo Point Lodge has earned several additional environmental accolades including America’s top new national green landmarks by Travel + Leisure Magazine and LEED Gold certification.

“We are honored to be recognized by Travel + Leisure for our efforts in sustainability at Cavallo Point Lodge,” said Euan Taylor, general manager of Cavallo Point Lodge. “Our continued business growth, the positive support from guests and honors from media and other prestigious organizations confirms that we are on the right path. Our ongoing promise to current and future guests is our commitment to sustainability.”

Cavallo began development in 1998 and opened five years ago. Since then, the lodge has launched many initiatives to conserve the environment throughout its facilities. Murray Circle, Cavallo’s restaurant, focuses on using seasonal, locally-sourced and fresh products greatly reducing the restaurant’s refrigeration requirements and saving energy overall. The lodge is also the single greatest contributor of recycled waste in Sausalito, which operates on a mandated recycle-to-trash ration of 50/50.

Cavallo Point Lodge utilizes its waterfront location by using natural or energy-efficient ventilation including windows that open to the cool city breezes and ceiling fans. The lodge was able to eliminate air conditioning in 97 percent of the rooms, significantly reducing energy demand. Additionally, the new buildings were designed for solar gain capabilities that provide heating directly from the sun during the cooler seasons.

“The importance of sustainability, conservation and preservation of the environment, nature and local culture continues to be at the forefront here at Cavallo Point,” said Peter Heinemann, principal of Passport Resorts, which operates the lodge. “Our entire team is passionate about ensuring the best sustainable and luxurious experience possible for our guests; we could not be happier to receive this recognition.”

The lodge encourages guests to appreciate and learn about the surrounding natural areas in an effort to promote community engagement. Cavallo offers activities such as hikes on the Golden Gate National Recreation Area trails, bike tours across the Golden Gate Bridge, lessons on Richardson Bay, the Art Gallery and a new Family Discovery Package featuring 10 add-on adventures.

The 142-room hotel rests on 45-acres of land and offers contemporary accommodations, dining, a spa, cooking school, retail shop and a backdrop for business meetings, corporate retreats and special events for groups of ten to 300 individuals.