STEWARDSHIP FOR SUSTAINABILITY
At Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs, we continue our commitment to the
environment and water conservation. Our geothermal system uses the
energy from the hot mineral water after it has flowed through our pools
to heat and cool our buildings. This system requires one-tenth the
energy of conventional systems to operate. All of our domestic waste
water is treated through a unique microbiological process at our on-site
water treatment facility to ensure the highest possible purity before
it is reintroduced to the land. It is also our priority to utilize the
most progressive green building techniques and materials in all of our
new construction and remodeling.
Geothermal energy heating and cooling. Goal: Heat and
cool 95% of all newly constructed buildings at the facility. Impact: It
is estimated that for every dollar spent on electricity to run system
water pumps and compressors, seven dollars of propane usage will be
saved at current propane pricing.
Minimize light pollution. Conform to community’s night sky
ordinance by utilizing down lighting on all exterior light fixtures. Goal:
Optimizing true darkness for guest enjoyment of phenomenal night
Passive rain harvesting. Directs water to plants and landscape
irrigation. Goal: berms route captured storm water for plant and
landscape irrigation while minimizing silt runoff.
Xeriscaping facility ground. Goal: Use native and
drought tolerant plantings to minimize irrigation water requirements.
State of the art activated sludge wastewater treatment plant. Goal:
Recharge the local aquifer with high quality treated water with
on-site wastewater treatment facility. Micro-organisms treat water
before re-injection into the aquifers. Controls evaporation and
Use low flow plumbing fixtures. Goal: minimize domestic
Use energy saving light bulbs. Goal: reduce net electrical
Utilize non-CFC's gas in heat pump compressors. Goal:
protect fragile ozone layer.
Utilize solar energy for domestic hot water systems.
Salvage used building products.
Reduce landfill waste.
Utilize energy efficient Perform Wall Building System. Provides
great insulation value and reduces energy consumption with beadboard
(80% recycled polystyrene mixed with concrete instead of stucco).
Utilize locally harvested and milled timbers/beams garnered from
"forest fire" salvaged trees.
Enforce smoke controlled policies. Smoking in designated areas
Use low VOC paints and finishes that are environmentally
Maximize natural day lighting in new designs.
Maximize amazing views of resort’s natural beauty in all new
* SUSTAINABILITY refers to how to make human economic systems
last longer, and maintained at a certain level indefinitely. The term,
in its environmental usage, refers to having less impact on vital human
ecological systems, especially with regards to concern over major global
problems relating to climate change and oil depletion.