Joie de Vivre Hospitality

At a Glance



Project Types

Commercial Energy Efficiency, Clean and Renewable Energy, Engagement and Behavior Change




San Francisco, CA


Avra Winograd-Hutner helped Joie de Vivre Hospitality find low-investment high-reward energy saving projects, enough to reduce annual energy costs by 20%.


Avra Winograd-Hutner spent her summer as an EDF Climate Corps fellow at Joie de Vivre, headquartered in San Francisco, California. Joie de Vivre manages a portfolio of hospitality businesses including hotels, restaurants, and spas. Winograd-Hutner focused on identifying energy savings at Carmel Valley Ranch, a newly renovated 400-acre resort property under Joie de Vivre management. 


Evaluating Carmel Valley Ranch and auditing the property, Winograd-Hutner uncovered a number of potential energy savings projects that in total could reduce energy costs by about 20 percent annually. She discovered that a lighting retrofit of mainly utility spaces, maintenance areas and landscaping could save Carmel Valley Ranch around $24,000 annually. By implementing a new laundry technology using ozone oxygen cleaning, Carmel Valley Ranch could save approximately $25,000 annually from reduced hot water usage. The out of pocket cost to implement these two energy savings projects is less than $3,000 combined. In addition, Winograd-Hutner identified projects throughout the property, from the pool to the restaurant that could contribute to energy and financial savings without taking away from the guest experience at the resort.

Potential Impact

Over the life of the projects, these projects could save Carmel Valley Ranch over $400,000 and cut about 450 tons of CO2 annually.

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