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Sustainability at L’Auberge de Sedona

Intimately familiar and well-connected to Sedona, L’Auberge takes inspiration from those who walk through our doors. In touch with what each guest needs on a personal and emotional level, we nourish the wellbeing of every visitor during the course of their stay.

In much the same way, we look after our environment, tending the natural landscape to ensure that it can thrive and grow. It is these characteristics that convey a feeling of trust. Warmth. And respect. And that cultivates a thoughtful connection to both the land and each other.

To our knowledge, we are the only local business that reports on our sustainability performance using the UN Sustainable Development Goals—and that has a sustainability team that meets regularly to work on these areas.

From setting a goal of 90% sustainably sourced menus, to our Tesla charging stations, to donating left-over shampoos to Verde Valley Sanctuary: Here are some of the practices that have earned L’Auberge de Sedona an Innovator/Silver in Sustainable Business Certification.

Committed to Sedona

L’Auberge has successfully diverted:

  • 4795.3 lbs. of food waste from the landfill
  • Which will become 2397.54 lbs. of nutrient-dense soil
  • Sequestering 3452.6 lbs. of greenhouse gases

Equivalent to:

  • Not burning 1711.9 lbs of coal
  • Not using 177.4 gallons of gasoline
  • Planting 40.28 new trees

Ecosystems

  • Install/use low-flow fixtures and efficient irrigation
  • Assess water use and implement cost-saving measures
  • Research sustainability certifications for products whenever we can
  • Give preference to durable, reusable, and repairable items, avoiding single-use products
  • Change all outdoor lighting to be in compliance with International Dark-Sky Association guidelines and local regulations
  • Recycle paper, cans, and glass through a service that has at least an 80% recovery rate
  • Purchase/produce at least 50% local and/or certified sustainable products
  • Restore habitats in our area
  • Donate to conservation efforts to significantly mitigate our impacts

Non-Renewable Energy & Resources

  • Purchase appliances and heating/cooling equipment that is significantly more energy efficient
  • Conduct energy audits on our facilities and implement cost-effective solutions
  • Implement strategies to reduce miles traveled and fuel used

Our Toxics

  • Use benign methods to manage pests and use synthetic pesticides only as a last resort
  • Safely dispose of or recycle electronics, batteries, and motor oil
  • Have an effective hazmat and safety program in place

Our Human Needs

  • All employees earn a living wage so that those who work 40 hours a week are not dependent on social services
  • Have employee involvement programs that regularly involve employees in decisions about their work
  • Assess work-life balance by discouraging employees’ work during off-hours and on vacation
  • Actively engage in community-building
  • Create information and incentives for customers to make more sustainability choices
  • Provide health benefits, paid vacation, and personal time for all employees working more than 29 hours/week
  • Do employee satisfaction surveys at least every 3 years to identify areas of concern and take action to address them
  • Encourage all employees to build their skills and knowledge
  • Encourage work/life balance
  • Research labeling that protects the interest of workers and communities in our supply chain, and choose certified products wherever we can
  • Identify social/environmental issues that we might contribute to solving and engaging in philanthropy around it