As the stewards of an incredible natural landscape, The Ranch at Laguna Beach is committed to being at the forefront of sustainability and charitable efforts in our region. We take great care to minimize our impact on the environment and maximize our impact on those in need.
For example, we have changed how our property uses water, reduced the need for produce deliveries (along with the resources required to make those deliveries) and joined forces with other organizations to serve the hungry and other vulnerable populations.
To us, it’s simply part of the responsibility that comes with living and working in one of the most scenic places in the world. See below for more details on our specific initiatives.
See below for more details on our specific initiatives.
2019 Sustainable Impact Report National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
Water Reclamation Project
In 2015, the Ranch at Laguna Beach completed a multi-year project to install a new system utilizing reclaimed water for irrigation of the resort grounds and the Geo Certified Ben Brown’s golf course. According to the South Coast Water District, this project will save over 21.2 million gallons of water annually.
The plan was undertaken in tandem with the SCWD, which installed an all-new reverse-osmosis filtration system in the nearby Advanced Wastewater Treatment Facility to ensure the highest-quality recycled water for irrigation.
“Beginning on Day 1 of our ownership, converting the irrigation of the golf course and hotel grounds to reclaimed water has been the highest priority,” said The Ranch at Laguna Beach owner Mark Christy. “This project is the linchpin of our overall effort to maximize sustainability.”
According to the SCWD, the project brings multiple benefits to the surrounding Laguna Beach area, including over 21.2 million gallons of water saved annually – an important footnote in the midst of California’s historic drought.
The city has taken notice, with Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen noting that, “The City thanks SCWD for increasing the supply of recycled water in Laguna Beach and The Ranch at Laguna Beach for being proactive in using it on the course. We look forward to other opportunities to expand the use of recycled water in the City.”
Surfrider Ocean Friendly Restaurant
Harvest restaurant was certified by Surfrider Foundation as Laguna Beach’s first “Ocean Friendly Restaurant”. The program offers restaurants an easy way to show their commitment to making sustainable choices for the ocean. The mandatory criteria includes eliminating the usage of Styrofoam and plastics, having only reusable tableware be made available, and the proper recycling practices are followed daily. Additional obligations include: no plastic bottles be served, plastic straws be provided upon request, and energy and water conservation efforts are assertively in place.
Adopt a Channel
Volunteers from The Ranch at Laguna Beach currently maintain a 0.75-mile stretch of the Aliso Creek Channel in Mission Viejo. Since December 2015, we have removed over 2,500 pounds of trash and debris from the channel — mainly trash (bottles, cans, plastic wrappers, paper) and large amounts of debris such as old leaves and sticks. Thanks to these efforts, this material was prevented from making its way to the Pacific Ocean.
The Ranch LB has swapped out plastic guest room keys with wooden keys, that can either be returned to the Front Desk upon check-out or kept as a souvenir. If keys do make their way into the trash, they will degrade back into the soil over time. We estimate about 25,000 less plastic keys that will make their way into a landfill.
Youth Camping Outreach Program
We are participating in an exclusive partnership with The California Coastal Commission and the Ocean Institute for a new camping outreach program available to qualified nonprofit youth organizations. This program will provide a unique site for daytime activities and overnight camping to organizations focusing on under-privileged youth mentorship.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach’s newly designed “Scout Camp” will serve as the program’s backdrop. It is one of Orange County’s most fitting locations for outdoor educational experiences.
“We are extremely proud to offer this unique and educational program to youth mentorship organizations throughout Southern California,” said Kurt Bjorkman, general manager of The Ranch at Laguna Beach. “Our resort was developed as an extension of the local community — and we are committed to continuing to give back through a number of exciting charitable initiatives.”
Bottles to Bunkers
Every glass bottle on property is crushed into sand and sifted to be repurposed to fill bunkers on our golf course, pavement repairs and filtration in our pool. The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the first hospitality entity in North America to operate the GLSand glass-bottle crusher — a compact machine that creates a sand-like product from glass bottles, reducing volume by 90%.
At the edge of property, one 1/2 acre is dedicated to organic gardening that Chef and Harvest Team use for seasonal specials in Harvest restaurant, drink specials at Harvest bar and as a test kitchen to create new recipes. Harvest Garden is managed by Farmer Leo who welcomes guests for garden tours on Saturday mornings.
National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World
The Ranch at Laguna Beach is the first hotel of the exclusive National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World in California and one of only six members in the United States.
Nat Geo Lodges are invited into membership based upon a demonstrated commitment to sustainability, authenticity of the local experiences and excellence of service and hospitality.
Planet or Plastic
In partnership with National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, the Ranch at Laguna Beach offers only paper straws at food and beverage outlets.
The Ranch LB has swapped out plastic guest room keys with wooden and bamboo keys, that can either be returned to the Front Desk upon check-out or kept as a souvenir. If keys do make their way into the trash, they will degrade back into the soil over time. We estimate about 25,000 less plastic keys that will make their way into a landfill.
Hook to Harvest
Harvest restaurant takes pride in using local and sustainable sources that shares our passion, values, and concern for high quality responsible foods. Harvest partners with local fisherman to serve the freshest seafood.
Clean the World
Housekeeping at Ranch LB partners with Clean the World, to collect and recycle soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry. All of our excess toiletries and soaps are donated to this organization for distribution to impoverished people around the world. These products literally can prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year and reduce the morbidity rate for hygiene-related illnesses.
Chefs to End Hunger
Our culinary team works with Chefs to End Hunger, which redistributes excess prepared food from food-service operations to local food agencies, ensuring it doesn’t go to waste. Participating chefs store donation kits and fill them with food; as soon as the kit is filled, they simply store it in their cooler until they receive a delivery from a participating food-service vendor. The delivery driver will collect the donation kit for distribution.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach has joined forces with Kind Traveler, a socially-conscious hotel booking platform which empowers travelers to benefit communities, the environment and animals with every hotel stay. With Kind Traveler, guests opt to give a $10 nightly donation to an organization which positively impacts the visiting destination - and unlock exclusive hotel rates and perks as a result. Guests who book a stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach through Kind Traveler will be able to enjoy special rates while making a nightly $10 donation to The Ocean Institute or a nonprofit of their choice.
Christina McGoldrick, Account Director
Victoria King Public Relations
12381 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 203
Los Angeles, CA 90025
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