Candlewood Retreat – Arizona

4 globes out of 5

Reviewed & Recommended
by EcoLogic LifeStyle Travel Guide

EcoExcellence AwardTOP 10 winner

 

We found Candlewood Retreat, to be a great place to unwind and revitalize for our trip to Sedona. Close enough to enjoy the beauty of Sedona and the Red Rocks area, but far enough away to escape the traffic and tourists. Here you can enjoy an organic breakfast from the huge, terraced organic permaculture garden. Rest easily, taking in the quite and solitude, while staying in the hand built, passive solar, sustainable casita or soaking in the secluded outdoor hot tub by the light of the stars and warming fireplace. 

Read more in the “Candlewood Retreat” feature article.

For reservations visit www.candelwoodretreat.com

 

1550 Abbey Road South, Clarkdale, Arizona  86324     United States     1.928.634.2067

    

    

On-Site Sustainability Review for Candlewood Retreat

SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT AND POLICIES

  • In compliance with all relevant international or local legislation and regulations (including health, safety, labor, and environmental regulations).
  • Periodic training for all staff regarding their role in the management of environmental, socio-cultural, health, and safety practices. 2 points
  • Customer sustainability educational training provided. 2 points

DESTINATION AND WILDLIFE PROTECTION

  • Customer educational brochures or training on preserving the natural surroundings, protecting wildlife, “leave no trace” techniques, and cultural heritage is provided to customers, as well as explaining appropriate behavior while visiting natural areas, living cultures, and cultural heritage sites. 2 points
  • No captive wildlife is held, except for properly regulated activities, and living injured specimens of protected wildlife species are only kept by those authorized and suitably equipped to house and care for them. 5 points
  • Wildlife observation is done from a remote distance.
  • Food and trash securely stored in order to avoid accidentally feeding animals.
  • Dark sky lighting fixtures or shields used on all exterior lighting.
  • Contributes to the support of biodiversity conservation, including supporting natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value with monetary donations to land conservancies, or environmental protection, remediation or education organizations. 1 point for every $500 donated. Donations made to Trust for Pubic Lands, Various Humanity and Womens Groups, Mingus Union High School, Yavapai Community College, Town of Clarkdale, Arizona WET Kids Program, Total $1000.00/year. 2 points
  • Contributes to the support of biodiversity conservation, including supporting natural protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value with “in kind” donations to land conservancies, or environmental protection, remediation or education organizations. 1 point for every 10 hours of time donated per yr. Donations made to Verde Birding, Fit Kids/Yavapai Community College, Az. Solar Energy Tours, Organic Garden Tours, Local school tours. 3 points

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Site Design

  • Does not impede access to local historical, archeological, culturally, and spiritually important properties.
  • In compliance with local zoning and protected natural or cultural heritage site requirements.
  • Land and water rights, and property acquisition are legal, and comply with local communal and indigenous rights.
  • Respect the natural or cultural heritage surroundings in site location, design, impact assessment.
  • Site and foundation drainage provided – sloped grade, protected drain tile/French drains, foundation floor drains.
  • Conserve resources by increasing density.
  • Wastewater, including gray water, is treated effectively and reused where possible in compliance with local regulations.
  • Orient building according to passive design techniques for maximum energy efficiency.
  • Reduce Heat Island Effect – minimal areas of pavement & walls made of heat absorbing surfaces.
  • Private or semi-public outdoor gathering place with natural elements.
  • Walking & bicycling paths.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Exterior & Structural:

  • Locally appropriate principles of sustainable construction using materials and technologies.
  • Structural materials of natural, rapidly renewable, reclaimed or high recycled content.
  • Recycle job site construction waste (including green waste and existing structures).
  • Windows placed for effective passive solar control.
  • Shading on all south-facing (northern latitudes) / north-facing (southern latitudes).
  • Structural design to create stack effect for air circulation.
  • Thermal mass in floors/walls.
  • Window glazing or tinting to reduce solar heat gain.
  • Continuous, breathable, air barrier system.
  • Green roof or cool roof. 2 points.
  • Natural fiber or recycled cellulose insulations.
  • Breathable wall materials. 2 points.
  • Low E (where appropriate), multi-pane, energy efficient windows and glass doors.
  • Foundation Drainage System.
  • Foundation wall damp-proofed or water-proofed.
  • Basements and crawlspaces insulated & conditioned.

DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

  • Indoor Air Quality & Pollution Reduction:
  • No smoking allowed on property.
  • Structural materials, caulks and construction adhesives with no or low VOCs, free of urea formaldehyde and other toxins.
  • No VOC bio-based or low VOC recycled content paints, finishes and sealers.
  • Hard surface flooring instead of wall to wall carpeting.
  • Operable windows, skylights, and/or solar/high efficiency ventilation fans for cross ventilation.
  • Moisture resistant material in wet areas: Kitchens, Bathrooms, Laundry.
  • Repair and seal (with non-toxic sealers) all necessary areas for moisture prevention to inhibit mold growth.
  • Breathable, hygroscopic wall & floor materials used.
  • Rapidly renewable or recycled content finishes & flooring used.
  • Ducts properly sealed.
  • Pre-occupancy flush-out after construction or remodeling.
  • Equipment & fixtures are selected and maintained to keep noise and light pollution to a minimum.
  • Permanent walk-off mats at entry points.
  • Eliminate the use of cordless phones (to reduce EMFs – electromagnetic fields).

ENERGY CONSERVATION

  • Energy consumption measured, sources indicated, and measures to decrease overall consumption adopted.  3 points
  • Renewable energy source: Solar, wind, Geo thermal for electricity. 5 points. 
  • Renewable energy source: Solar, wind, Geo thermal for heating. 3 points.
  • Renewable energy source: Solar, wind, Geo thermal for hot water or tankless on-demand water heaters. 2 points.
  • Daylighting throughout with windows, skylights & solar tubes to replace lighting fixtures. 2 points.
  • No air conditioning installed. 3 points.
  • Replace or supplement A/C system with evaporative cooler.
  • Insulate hot water pipes.
  • Set hot water heater between 120-140C., High efficiency ceiling fans throughout.
  • High efficiency lighting and signage throughout.  Standard Energy Star CFL – 2 points
  • Check all equipment at the facility that is high efficiency (Energy Star or better) 0.5 points each.: fax machines, copiers, computers, printers, monitors, televisions, refrigerators, washers. 4 points

WATER CONSERVATION

  • Water consumption is measured, sources indicated, and measures to decrease overall consumption are adopted. 3 points 
  • Insulate all hot water pipes.
  • Efficient water filters used where necessary to provide safe bathing or drinking water.
  • High efficiency laundry appliances (washer/dryer).
  • Greywater system used for irrigation. 3 points.
  • Sidewalks, parking lots, driveways, and buildings cleaned by manually sweeping or using recycled water power brooms. 2 points.
  • High efficiency showerheads (≤ 2.0 Gallons Per Minute (gpm) at 80 psi).
  • Toilet types: High efficiency toilets or urinals (Dual Flush or 1.68 Gallons Per Flush (gpf)).
  • Faucet types: Flow limiters or flow control valves on faucets – 1.0gpm. 1.5 points.

REGENERATIVE LANDSCAPING

  • Protect topsoil and minimize disruption of existing plants & trees.
  • Storm water control to prevent erosion.
  • Permeable paving used.
  • Plant trimmings composted.
  • Walkways swept by hand vs blower or washing with hose.
  • Group plants by water needs (Hydrozoning).
  • No toxic pesticides & herbicides used.
  • Use only Integrated Pest Management system for pest control. 3 points.
  • Use bio-dynamic composts to rebuild nutrients.
  • Comply with Local Water Ordinance requirement.
  • Minimal turf in landscape (10% or less).

FIXTURES AND FURNISHINGS

  • Containing no VOCs or toxic substances – 100%.
  • Natural, rapidly renewable, or non-toxic reclaimed or high recycled content material – 50% or more.
  • Textiles of natural fibers, bio-based fibers or recycled content, non-toxic synthetic fibers.

PURCHASING & MAINTENANCE

  • Bath linen reuse program.
  • Chlorine & algaecide free pool maintenance.
  • Eliminate single use containers for beverages or food items.
  • Eliminate the use of straws.
  • Eliminate the use of paper coasters.
  • Refillable condiment containers.
  • Use “Solar” dryer (clotheslines).
  • Use non-toxic, Zero VOC bio-based or low VOC recycled content paints that do not contain antimony, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, lead or mercury.
  • Use non-toxic, Zero VOC or low VOC stains, sealers, caulks, and adhesives.
  • Use wet-scraping, tent or HEPA-vac when removing paint (no chemical stripping).
  • Use nontoxic & biodegradable, natural cleaners, soaps, sanitizers, pesticides, etc.
  • Refillable non- aerosol dispensers used for personal care products vs. disposable dispensers or containers.
  • Oxygenated water used for cleaning- 2 points.
  • Oxygenated water used for laundry- 3 points.
  • No air fresheners or deodorizers used.
  • Styrofoam eliminated from use.
  • Recycled, washable cloths used for cleaning instead of disposable towels or cloths.
  • HEPA filters on vacuum cleaners.
  • Toilet tissue, tissue, and toilet seat covers of 100% recycled content, processed chlorine bleach free paper or on tree-free paper such as hemp, crop leftovers, or cotton rags.
  • Eliminate the use of envelopes – Design mailers using postcards, bi-folds or trifolds.
  • Use water-based, non-toxic permanent ink marking pens.
  • Delivery pallets recycled or eliminated.
  • Regular filter changes, coil cleaning (with non-toxic cleaners), thermostat calibration, and damper adjustments to HVAC systems.
  • Supplies & equipment purchased (within 15 miles) from local small businesses of environmentally friendly products.: 25-50%
  • Supplies & equipment purchased (within 15 miles) from local small businesses of non-environmentally friendly products when environmentally friendly options are not available.: 25-50% – .25 point.
  • Supplies & equipment purchased regionally (within 200 miles) or International Fair Trade of sustainable products only.: 51-75% – 0.5 points.
  • Resale items purchased from local business (within 15 miles) or craftspeople of sustainable products or based on the area’s nature,bhistory, & culture (including food & drink, crafts, souvenirs, performance arts, agricultural products, etc).: 51-75% – 2 points.
  • Bulk purchasing of personal care, cleaning products & food products.: 51-75% – 2 points.

RESOURCE RECOVERY AND WASTE REDUCTION

  • A solid waste management plan is implemented through out property, with quantitative goals to minimize waste that is not reused or recycled. (Free assessments are available from many local agencies and governments) – 2 points.
  • Well marked recycling containers furnished throughout the facility and materials collected for proper reuse labeled;1)Recycle – in metal can or box without plastic garbage bag; 2)Compost – compostable garbage bag allowed; 3)Landfill – in metal can or box without plastic garbage bag. – 4 points.
  • Reuse or donate excess items to local charities and shelters, or offered through Freecycling or other giveaways, including; Food, Toiletry items, Linens & Uniforms, Furniture, Office equipment – 2 points.
  • Offices recycle all of the following when recovery facilities are available; Aluminum, Metal cans, Glass, Plastic, Plastic bags, Mixed paper, Newspaper, Ink & Toner cartridges.
  • Use rechargeable batteries, Batteries, CDs and DVDs, Paperboard or cardboard, Delivery pallets, Carpet – 2 points.
  • Insure proper disposal of hazardous waste – mercury containing fluorescent lightbulbs.
  • NEVER use any of the following hazardous waste products – automotive fluids, batteries, synthetic, solvent & oil based paints & other building products, pool chemicals, cleaning products, other toxic supplies. – 2 points.
  • Staff uses only re-usable cups, plates, & cutlery.

TRANSPORTATION

  • Headquarters or offices within local area reducing the need for staff to travel.

SOCIAL & COMMUNITY RESPONSIBILITY

  • Hiring and training opportunities provided to local citizens first, including management positions – 5 points.
  • Equitable hiring practices for women and minorities, in all positions – 5 points. 
  • Implemented policy against commercial exploitation, particularly of children and adolescents, including sexual exploitation – 5 points.
  • Compliance with international or national legal protection of employees including fair living wages – 5 points. 
  • Basic services, (water, energy, or sanitation), are not disrupted to neighboring communities by actions on property – 5 points.
  • Local art, architecture, or cultural heritage incorporated in operations, design, decoration, food, or shops, and intellectual property rights are respected – 5 points.
  • Community garden on premises with food going to community residents in need. – 2 points.
  • Contributes to the protection of local historical, archeological, culturally, and spiritually important properties and organizations with monetary donations to indigenous cultural organizations, museums, significant community cultural events, and spiritual organizations. – 1 point for every $500 per yr.: Clarkdale Heritage Museum, SRF, SEVA Foundation, Verde Land Preservation, $500/year 
  • Contributes to the protection of local historical, archeological, culturally, and spiritually important properties and organizations with “in kind” donations to indigenous cultural organizations, museums, significant community cultural events, and spiritual organizations. – 1 point for every 10 hours of time donated per yr.: Provide space for various community activities including solstice and equinox gatherings, 50 hours – 5 points
  • Actively supports initiatives for social and infrastructure community development including education, health, and sanitation.: Past Mayor of Clarkdale, presently a Town Council Member of Clarkdale, Board of Directors of the Yavapai College Foundation, former member of the Governor’s Solar Energy Board, Member of the Yavapai County Board of Appeals

TOTAL POINTS – 208.25      75%

 

 

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