Our Green Resort
Discover Our Eco-Friendly Luxury Resort on Florida's Gulf Coast
The Resort at Longboat Key Club has made an ongoing commitment to preserve the natural resources and pristine beauty of Florida's Gulf Coast with a variety of eco-friendly programs and sustainable practices. We are the proud recipient of the state's official "Green Lodging" certification, recognizing us as one of Florida's most environmentally-conscientious vacation destinations. The resort has also been designated as a "Green Business Partner" by Sarasota County, making us the very first resort to achieve this meaningful honor in our area. Additionally, our 291-slip deep-water marina, Longboat Key Club Moorings, has also been recognized as a "Clean Marina" by the state of Florida for its environmentally-friendly practices and management systems.
By taking sustainable actions to reduce waste and conserve water, energy and other vital resources, our Gulf Coast luxury resort is helping to preserve the fragile ecosystem that is so important to the future of Florida.
Some the recent green initiatives at The Resort at Longboat Key Club include:
- Guests are encouraged to participate in the optional linen re-use program for sheets and towels
- Use of low-flow showerheads, faucets and commodes
- All suites are 100% smoke-free for Air Quality
- A/C units are returned to a preset temperature when suites are vacant
- In-room recycling is present for paper, glass, plastic and cardboard
- Recycled content is used in in-room napkins
- Use of environmentally-safe cleaning supplies
- Installed black out drapes to shelter light from the protected sea turtles
- Keys are recycled after each use
- Participation in the Clean the World amenity recycling program
- Email of hotel confirmations is encouraged
- Recycled content paper is utilized for check-in materials and office operations
- Paperless email check-out available
- High efficiency MERV8 A/C filters are used and changed six times a year
- A/C coil cleaning on a regular schedule at least once a year
- Solar powered golf carts are used for guest transportation
- Recycling containers throughout public areas of the resort and club
- CFL lighting is utilized
- Utilize email for sending memos, reports, etc. unless a hard copy is specifically required
- Use programmable thermostats in offices
- Added scanners to offices to encourage scanning instead of copying
- Encourage two-sided copies
- Require recycling of paper, glass, plastic, cardboard, printer cartridges, and batteries in offices and support areas throughout the club and resort
- Converted to water coolers to reduce water bottle use
- Automated equipment added for timed golf cart charging during off-peak electric hours
Golf Course Maintenance
- All dry fertilizers used on golf courses meet or exceed BMP requirements and primarily consist of Water Insoluble Nitrogen (WIN) derive from bone meals, fish meals, manures, and bio-solids fortified with humic and fulvic acids and sunflower hull ash to provide a slow release potassium source, also sometimes inoculated with microrhizal fungi beneficial for mining
- Sprayed material consists of filtered organic acids, purchased compost teas, purchased and brewed bacterial strains, and plant derived amino acids and other natural sugars.
- Plant nematodes are treated with timed applications of Bacillus firmis based on degree days in Spring and Fall.
- Lake areas are treated for weed development and algae blooms with biodegradable dyes only.
- All other pesticide and herbicide treatments are limited to spot applications adhering to label requirements, threshold monitoring, and BMP mandates.
- Water use and management is recorded daily and sampled monthly for total dissolved solids. Soils are sampled seasonal using both exchangeable and paste information. Tissue samples are taken weekly.
- Daily cleaning of maintenance vehicles is performed with recycled water treated with special microbes to digest oils and other foreign solids. Concurrently, grass clippings are separated, dried, composted and returned to the golf course as recycled nutrients.
- Use drought tolerant plantings whenever possible
- Removal of invasive plants and trees
- Reduce watering schedules
- Return plant containers to growers for recycling
- Recycle hangers with our uniform cleaning company
- Encourage recycling at home
Food and Beverage
- Send used oil for recycling
- Work with over 75 producers
- Maintain our own gardens that grow a variety of herbs and vegetables for use at various dining outlets on property
- Designated as a “Florida Clean Marina.” A voluntary designation program with a proactive approach to environmental stewardship.
- The Spa offers handcrafted, organic and energetically balanced skin care lines for our guests and members.
- The Spa offers products that are wildcrafted, synthetic and toxin free, gluten free and made with fresh herbal ingredients.
- Limit the number of towels utilized for services, which in effect saves water.
- Utilize our natural environment for our treatments with the healing and rejuvenating properties of the ocean.
- Recycle and work diligently to prevent waste
- Utilize reusable glass bottles for professional use products