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Community + Sustainability With Intention for Our Future

Life is chock full of choices. Every day at each of our hotels, we choose to serve with sincerity and inviting luxury. We choose to provide unforgettable experiences for our guests — without compromising quality of life now and for generations to come. It’s simply the right thing to do.

Thankfully, the world is learning to be more environmentally and socially responsible. Choosing eco-friendly solutions benefits us all — our guests, staff, neighborhoods, cities and beyond. Here’s a sampling of steps we’ve taken to bring even more sustainability and efficiency to every Archer Hotel and its community.

One Tree Planted

Archer Hotel has partnered with One Tree Planted, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a focus on global reforestation. Trees are essential to the health of our planet, biodiversity and reducing the harmful effects of climate change. Reforestation is consistently identified by scientists as one of the top solutions to the climate crisis, and the trees planted as part of this initiative support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

With hotels on the West Coast, Archer chose to plant trees in California’s forests, which are prone to drought, bug infestations and record-breaking wildfires. Repopulating these forests helps improve water and air cleanliness, protects natural habitats and creates beautiful scenery and recreation landscapes.

FIJI Water

Sourced from a sustainable artesian aquifer in the tropical Fiji Islands in the South Pacific, FIJI Water is our hospitality partner of choice. As well as serving up Earth’s Finest Water®, FIJI Water also:

  • Uses fully recyclable, 100% recycled plastic (recycled polyethylene terephthalate or rPET) for its 330 mL and 500 mL bottles. (projected total bottle volume per 2022 sales forecast — bottle only). This replaces nearly 65% of FIJI Water’s bottle volume in the U.S. with recycled material (projected total bottle volume per 2022 sales forecast).
  • Uses fully recyclable, high-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) for its bigger bottles. The company has plans to continue this momentum in the coming years.
  • Works to reduce its carbon footprint by investing around $2.5 million on energy efficiency initiatives on the Fiji Islands — including using microturbine energy generation and adopting the low-sulfur fuel standard for all shipping, which dramatically decreases sulfur oxide emissions.
  • Focuses on sustainability and improving the lives of native Fijians via the FIJI Foundation — a charitable trust funded and supported by the owners, employees and corporate affiliates of FIJI Water. The foundation helps provide clean water access, health care services, disaster relief and educational facilities and infrastructure for the islands.
  • Partners with Conservation International to preserve the purity and biological wealth of the Fijian islands via large-scale reforestation and conservation efforts, which create sustainable jobs and income sources for local communities.

Malin+Goetz Bath Amenities

Archer Hotel looked to modern apothecary Malin+Goetz, which — like Archer’s first boutique hotel — was rooted in New York City. Founders Matthew Malin and Andrew Goetz create gentle, effective products that are subtly scented, and their forward-thinking philosophy is eco-friendly, as well:

  • The company continually strives toward more-sustainable formulation and packaging practices — at every Archer Hotel, the Peppermint Shampoo, Cilantro Hair Conditioner and Rum Body Wash are now provided in large, recyclable pump bottles secured to the shower walls, which reduces the burden on landfills and lightens the workload for our room attendants.
  • Products are never tested on animals — the company is certified cruelty-free by Peta’s Beauty Without Bunnies program, and their logo is on every Malin+Goetz product.
  • Malin + Goetz is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified, and our website’s shippers are Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)-certified, using 67% recycled paper.

Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24)

Designed to reduce wasteful and unnecessary energy consumption in newly constructed and existing buildings, California’s Title 24 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated every three years by the California Energy Commission.

Archer Hotel Napa was designed to California’s energy code (Title 24) with the goal of creating a durable, safe, healthy and resource-efficient building that is comfortable for guests and employees and cost-efficient to operate.

Design + Construction Phase (Title 24)

  • Filed and managed a storm water pollution prevention plan (SWPPP).
  • Designed a stormceptor to mitigate storm water runoff.
  • Offered protected short-term and long-term bicycle parking in the parking garage. 
  • Provided designated parking for low-emitting, fuel-efficient and carpool/vanpool vehicles.
  • Reduced outdoor light pollution.
  • Fulfilled energy efficiency performance requirements:
    • Mechanical and lighting systems
    • Outdoor lighting
    • Energy-efficient elevators
  • Utilized energy-efficient steel framing to avoid thermal bridging.
  • Provided water metering for tenant spaces, separate from the hotel.
  • Supported building water use reduction and wastewater reduction — low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce the use of potable water by 30%.
  • Installed weather-based irrigation controllers to automatically adjust to the needs according to changes in the weather.
  • Chose California-sourced wood materials for wood framing.
  • Used certified wood products.
  • Selected recycled materials of not less than 10% of the total material cost for the project.
  • Used cement and concrete products with recycled content.
  • Utilized weather-resistant exterior wall and foundation envelope design.
  • Followed a construction waste management plan to recycle and salvage for reuse a minimum of 50% of the nonhazardous construction waste.
  • Completed commissioning process.
  • Protected indoor air quality during construction:
    • Materials protection — sealed all HVAC ducts after fabrication and prior to transporting to the job site, then again after installation.
    • Provided temporary ventilation during construction via filtration for HVAC equipment used during construction.
  • Applied low-VOC interior paints and coatings that do not exceed the VOC limits of the Green Seal Environmental and SCAQMD standards and rules.
  • Applied low-VOC exterior paints, coatings, adhesives and sealants that do not exceed the VOC limits of the Green Seal Environmental standard.
  • Used low-emitting materials — sealants and adhesives, carpets and pads, hard flooring, engineered wood flooring, concrete, tile and adhesives, and insulation.
  • Ensured individual controllability of HVAC systems — all guest room systems are controlled by the room occupants utilizing an InnComm Energy Management system for the VRF systems in the guest rooms.
  • Prevented moisture and radon: 
    • Ensured that vinyl wall coverings and FRP were not installed on the interior of exterior walls.
    • Included drainage planes as part of the exterior finish systems.
    • Pressurized the building to a positive state.
  • Monitored indoor air quality using a permanent carbon dioxide monitoring system to control ventilation.
  • Isolated and ventilated chemical storage areas. 
  • Limited outdoor pollutants:
    • Designated nonsmoking areas away from entrances and fresh-air intakes.
    • Installed non-operable windows.
  • Utilized Energy Star certified appliances and equipment.
  • Designed acoustics to limit sound transmission, reverberation and excessive vibration from mechanical equipment.

Design + Construction Phase (City Of Napa)

  • Saved and restored the front exterior façade, described as a one-story massing building element, with terra-cotta details, tiled pent roof parapet, brick façade and wood sash mezzanine/transom windows. 
  • Sourced all the natural stone used on exterior and interior walls from Napa Valley — blasted, excavated and cut for our project specifically.

Ongoing Operation

  • Ensures access to local and regional wines and produce via the Archer Sustainable Food Guidelines.
  • Includes eco-friendly best practices, such as using stickers instead of toilet paper wraps in housekeeping.
  • Furthers low water consumption measures:
    • Dye tests toilets annually to test for leaks past the flapper valves.
    • Trains employees on reporting leaks, drips and running toilets. 
  • Recycles and reuses:
    • Paper (e.g., newspapers, office paper, envelopes, computer paper, shredded paper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, phone books), cardboard, aluminum cans and other metals, batteries, electronics, computers, appliances, dry-cleaning hangers, printer ink and toner cartridges, phones, plastics, guest laundry bags, glass and other items where municipal support exists.
  • Keeps guests comfortable in “green” bedding and pillows of down-feather fill combination and cotton. 
  • Encourages in-room reuse of linens and towels.
  • Utilizes an eco-friendly (PERC) dry-cleaning service.
  • Provides eco-friendly soaps and products in public, back-of-house and guest room spaces.
  • Provides 40%+ recycled material hand towels in public space restrooms.
  • Offers reusable break room and in-room coffee cups and mugs.
  • Meets or exceeds EPA paper standards for in-room and billing documents.
  • Offers paper telephone books upon request only.
  • Cleans carpets and spots with nontoxic and low-VOC products.
  • Offers napkins for team use made of recycled and/or unbleached material.
  • Partners with Cintas for uniforms and uniform care. Cintas uses recycled polyester made completely of post-consumer waste.

Home Office

  • Maintains LEED standards at the home office.
  • Provides HR information and benefits plans online.
  • Recycles documents, paper, glass, metal, electronics and appliances.
  • Uses C-fold hand towels, toilet paper and paper towels made of recycled material.
  • Recycles printer toner and ink cartridges.
  • Utilizes utility monitoring. We currently employ the Burton Energy Group to monitor and report on utility usage at our hotels. They review monthly usage reports benchmarked against reports from year to year. The intent is to look for spikes in usage that would reveal energy waste issues, such as leaking water, gas and irrigation piping, exterior lighting that cycles on for excessive lengths of time and kitchen equipment left on when not in use.
  • As we move forward with new-hotel design, we will implement HVAC designs that incorporate disinfection/purification systems into the design to address COVID concerns.