The Allison Inn & Spa was selected as the 2016 winner for the GSN Green Building Award!
In addition to rest and relaxation, guests visiting The Allison Inn & Spa in can add a third “r” to their spa experience: environmental responsibility. In October, the Newberg luxury resort was selected as the 2016 winner for the Green Spa Network’s Green Building Award.
A national non-profit, the Green Spa Network promotes sustainability in the spa industry and comprises more than 1000 members. Every year, the association’s Sustainability Awards Program recognizes facilities across the country for green practices and outstanding commitment to the environment. It’s no surprise then that The Allison attracted the GSN’s attention.
Surrounded by the vine-covered hills in the heart of Oregon’s wine country, The Allison Inn & Spa was built with conservation in mind and achieved LEED Gold Certification in less a year after it opened in 2009. Recognized for expertise in sustainable building, GGLO, the design firm behind The Allison, incorporated more than thirty sustainable features into the building to conserve water, energy, and resources. Examples include a sedum ‘Green Eco-Roofing’ on the West Wing as well as a series of photovoltaic solar panels across the remaining roof area that generate 7 percent of the property’s energy needs.
“The Allison demonstrates that luxury, comfort and quality do not have to be compromised for energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Alicia Daniels Uhlig, GGLO’s LEED specialist.
While many spas remain indoor focused, The Allison facility invites the outdoors in, featuring a vanishing edge indoor swimming pool with folding glass doors as well as sunlit lounges that allow guests to enjoy the warmth and benefits of natural light year round.
The facility blends elegance with efficiency not only in the way it was built but also the way the spa is run. Visitors will notice signs giving them the option hang up towels as well as a selection of organic products made by local eco-friendly companies. The Allison has also eliminated use of plastic bottles at the resort. Yet there are other green initiatives going on behind the spa’s daily operations that are less obvious.
The spa uses non-toxic cleaning products whenever possible and conserves water with built in low-flow hardware. Tattered linens are repurposed and cut into small towels for cleaning and are donated to a local homeless family program or local animal shelters The Allison also cultivates many of its own herbs, flowers and seeds onsite which are used in spa services.
In an industry associated with luxury, these sustainable values play an important role in setting an example. According to Spa Director Tara Calton, all of these efforts are part of a plan to conserve as well as serve the community.
“An important part of The Allison culture is treating our environment with respect,” said Calton. “We teach staff about the differences that can be made and strive to be an example to the local community.”
For more information about The Allison’s green initiatives visit: theallison.com/#/inn/green