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The locally-rooted team behind this project believes in “sustainable tourism.” What is that? Sustainable travel aims to find a balance between economic growth, human well-being, and environmental health. It focuses on reducing tourism's negative impacts and on maximizing its positive benefits for communities, cultures, ecosystems, and the planet. Carpinteria has all the pieces to be a showcase for this new way of travel. 

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Integrating sustainability into the site & design of the property. This means going beyond solar panels and using the natural environment to guide placemaking and structural elements of the building. 

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By installing water-efficient appliances and plumbing fixtures, landscaping with drought-resistant plants & thoughtful irrigation putting grey water to use; conserving scarce freshwater resources and reducing energy bills. The Surfliner will think differently always with the community in mind. 



By creating a sense of place, offering locals access, making spaces for pedestrians and children, rather than just vehicles, sustainable developments promote strong communities. We think a project should reflect the values of residents and community members. 

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The Surfliner will donate one percent of gross hotel room revenues every year to an independent Carpinteria non profit organization. This is in addition to the economic benefits the City will reap as the landowner, projected at over $500,000 per year, as well as ancillary revenues from our guests throughout Carpinteria.  

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Attention to design leads to better energy conservation and air quality through layout, materials, and use of technology. We’re committed to using building commissioning and energy modeling to ensure our design takes advantage of our unique location. 

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We'll examine the life cycles of building materials and aim to use recycled/local/prefabricated products where possible. High quality materials do not have to be outrageously expensive.

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