At Semiahmoo Resort we take pride in the efforts made to provide a comfortable, local, recycled and sustainable environment for our guests to enjoy. We take thought, care and pride in our sustainable efforts because ultimately, we understand we are part of something much bigger. Environmental conservation is an essential element of Semiahmoo's mission and vision. The hotel embraces green practices across all departments, acknowledging that green initiatives are not only environmentally responsible, but economically beneficial too. It’s the attention to detail that makes Semiahmoo more than a Resort. It is truly an experience!
Featured in all Semiahmoo guest rooms are William Roam bath products specifically designed for environmental sustainability. This innovative toiletry collection features bottles made primarily from Plastarch Material (PSM), a corn-based biodegradable material and other environmentally sensitive packaging. The coordinating accessories are also made primarily from PSM and packaged in natural recycled paper cartons printed with soy based inks. The vegetable based soaps are cruelty-free, and contain no animal fat or byproducts. All ingredients have been thoroughly tested and are not environmentally harmful in their expected usage and drainage to sewers and treatment plants.
Semiahmoo Resort recycles all slightly-used or opened bottles and donates them to worthy area charities such as the Clean the World® Global Hygiene Revolution. In doing so, their hygiene products are distributed to impoverished people worldwide to prevent millions of deaths annually caused by hygiene-related illnesses. Becoming a Clean the World® Hospitality Partner is just one more way Semiahmoo Resort expresses its overall commitment to saving lives, saving the planet and exercising its social responsibility.
Delivering Semiahmoo’s culinary vision of presenting all restaurant and country club diners, Semiahmoo banquet and catering social and business guests, the highly valued farm-to-table experience, means beginning at the source. The farm. The ranch. The stream.
It is here, the passion for the product itself – as it grows, as it is cultivated, as it is fed, as it is nurtured – first matters. As well as, the environment in which it matures under the watchful and caring eyes of equally responsible, equally dedicated and devoted resource partners. Small local Pacific Northwest farms, artisans, ranchers and fishermen are carefully chosen for their commitment to offer to Semiahmoo Resort hand-selected superior products direct from their fields, trees, streams or pastures. No middle men.
Semiahmoo’s food and beverage vendor partners are similarly quality-driven devotees of responsible, sustainable, fair-trade practices. Semiahmoo’s culinary team does business only with those who value as highly as do they – food’s tradition and its future. Today’s diners live in an age where the majority of hotel restaurant and banquet operations focus on high productivity and low food cost (often resulting in the purchase of mass-produced, packaged, stored, shipped and dare we say often frozen food items). At Semiahmoo, the food and beverage team provides quality products with thoughtful preparation and appealing presentation. And doing so to the delight of the diners while being socially responsible yet fiscally wise.
Semiahmoo is proud to announce its support of INTERFACE's carpet collection 'Net Effects', an environmentally and socially responsible method in creating flooring. Throughout Semiahmoo Resort you will find beautiful blue carpets, with textures that mimic the waves in a sea. These carpets are made out of recycled fishing nets off the rural coasts of the Philippines. 'Net Effect' carpets were born out of 'Net-Works' a green global partnership between INTERFACE and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), a conservation charity.
The 'Networks' program was designed to address two big issues in the Philippines. The first being the large problem of discarded fishing nets among some of the world’s poorest coastal villages. The second, providing a viable waste solution for post-consumer nylon. At Semiahmoo we understand the need to be a part of something bigger. Although the beaches around the Semiahmoo Spit are clean and free of waste, other cities around the world are not as fortunate. We hope to be a part of the change.
Another aspect to Semiahmoo’s sustainability effort is our commitment to reducing our environmental footprint. The engineering team at Semaihmoo has successfully replaced all lightbulbs throughout the property with LED lights. LED lights last about 20 times longer than the average light bulb which decreases the amount of manufacturing, packaging and shipping. They also consume 20-80% less energy, benefiting the hotel not only environmentally but economically as well.
Throughout the resort high-efficiency plumbing is used. Toilets are one of the main sources of water use. At Semiahmoo the toilets are equipped with water saving features that reduce water consumption by 20-60%.
Semiahmoo Resort demonstrates sustainability in our sales & marketing departments through our efforts to go paperless. We provide eGuides, eBrochures and use online promotional tools in an effort to save paper and reduce waste.
Currently Semiahmoo is in the process of becoming a Green Key member, recognition awarded by The Green Key Eco-Rating Program. A rating that recognizes the commitment of hotels, motels and resorts in improving their environmental and fiscal performance.