Carmel Valley remains a rustic, rural area that retains its symbiotic relationship with the land. It offers the best of country living with its casual sprawl of horse farms, orchards, olive groves, cattle ranches, vegetable and flower farms, golf courses, and of course, vineyards. Much of the region is still rugged wilderness, and the hills are alive with mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, wild boars, foxes and eagles. It is a real, working valley, its ranching and agricultural roots still very much in evidence.
Bernardus Lodge believes it's everyone’s responsibility to conserve these natural resources. Through our green practices, Bernardus Lodge is dedicated to reducing our overall carbon footprint while promoting sustainable choices and green alternatives. We hope our beliefs and the choices we make in acting in accordance with them will resonate with our guests and prompt them to think about the many options that exist when it comes to reducing carbon footprints.
• Cultivation of native plants in order to reduce the water and fertilizer requirements.
• Utilization of reclaimed water for landscape irrigation.
• All shower heads, faucets, and toilets are low-flow with aerators
• Guest optional, towel and sheet re-use replacement program
• Compact fluorescent lights and t-8 fluorescent
• Hot water re-circulation pumps
• High efficiency heat pumps for guestroom heating and air conditioning
• Exterior lighting in on photocell
• Triple insulation in walls and ceilings
• Gas, Water and Energy usage is posted monthly to encourage employee awareness and team goal setting
• Natura Water Filtration – on site water filtration system provides delicious still and sparkling water which is then packaged in re-usable glass bottles for the guest rooms and dining outlets
• All cleaning supplies and detergents are non-toxic and environmentally friendly
• Products used for facial, massage, and body treatments feature all natural ingredients
• Used kitchen grease recycled into bio-fuels bi weekly by a local company
• Biodegradable corn based beverage and silver ware for traveling meals
• Biodegradable gift/amenity bags in our Spa Boutique and to-go bags in our dining outlets
• All-natural, handmade bath and body amenities, in large refillable containers, minimize use of plastic and are gentle to the body and the environment
• Soy based ink on letterhead and printed materials
• Natural gas fireplaces in guestrooms
• Re-usable air filters
• Low VOC paints and stains
• Elimination of Styrofoam and re-use of all packaging materials
Bernardus Lodge supports the local community foremost by supporting the economic vitality of the Salinas Valley and surrounding farmlands. By buying locally, this supports more than just local commerce, as these dollars are then reinvested into our schools, city infrastructure, and community programs. Supporting local businesses is a sustainable practice that sets a positive example by reducing fuel consumption and the need for shipped goods.
• Relationships with local farmers and purveyors to purchase locally sourced and organic meats and produce.
• Bernardus Garden - A working, functional custom garden designed to grow and cultivate fresh seasonal herbs, fruits and vegetables
• Vendors are encouraged to deliver using re-usable plastic bins, crates and bottles. We save and return any boxes/bottles to vendors who are able to re-use them.
• Chef Cal Stamenov supports the sustainable seafood movement and builds menus around the products recommended by the National Seafood Guide.
Company Wide Recycling & Composting
• Recycling opportunities throughout both internal resort operations and public space
• Recycling program designed to capture and divert all plastic containers, bottles, glass, cardboard and paper.
• Composting of our kitchen and landscaping scraps have resulted in over 7,000 cubic feet of organic matter per year. All of it will be returned to the property and utilized back in the garden and landscaping as nutrient rich soil.
• Toxic waste program created to assure proper disposal of batteries, grease, oil, chemicals, and other toxic waste materials.
• Members of the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program
• As a marketing partner with Leading Hotels of the World, we are also affiliated with the Sustainable Travel Worldwide organization.
Bernardus Lodge Culinary Events - Bernardus Lodge offers monthly cooking classes which educate guests on such topics as home gardening, sustainable cooking and organic farming. The Annual Bernardus Garden Party benefits Carmel Valley Village Improvement Committee. CVVIC supports the Monterey County Sheriff's Community Field Office in Carmel Valley Village. The fundraising efforts assist in the $700/month rent of the office and keep the presence of local law enforcement in our small community.
The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau – Our President and General Manager of Bernardus Lodge and Bernardus Winery, Michael Oprish serves as an Executive Board Member.
MEarth at the Hilton Bialek Habitat – Chef Cal Stamenov is the honorary Co-Chair of Dinner in the Vineyard; MEarth’s annual fundraiser that benefits the thousands of students from across Monterey County students of all ages by inspiring them to understand, appreciate and protect the natural environment at MEarth at the Hilton Bialek Habitat.
Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association – Vineyard Manager, Matt Shea sits on the Board of Directors for MCVGA, which generously donates time, talents, and financial resources to the community through education scholarships and charitable donations.
Monterey Wine Education Foundation – Chef Cal Stamenov is on the Board of Directors which raises funds to provide scholarships for students pursuing studies in hospitality, oenology and viticulture.
Monterey County Hospitality Association – Director of Marketing, Sue Dreyer is on the Board of MCHA which is the only hospitality trade organization that serves all facets of the hospitality industry throughout Monterey County.
Pebble Beach Food & Wine
Chef Cal Stamenov participated annually in PB F&W which fundraises for the Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County and Court Appointed Social Advocates (CASA): both are dedicated to the safety, well-being, and best interests of local children.
Bernardus Lodge’s continued participation in local events and fundraisers promote local programs, spread sustainable awareness and education.