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Willdan Client, Bacara Resort & Spa, Receives 2016 Cool Planet Award

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Oct 26, 2016

Bacara Resort & Spa Receives Top Honors at the 2016 Cool Planet Award Ceremony for its Efforts in Energy And Carbon Management
Parent Company Pacific Hospitality Group and its two DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Earn Honorable Mentions

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 26, 2016) –  Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is proud to announce its Meritage Collection property, Bacara Resort & Spa as the recipient of the 2016 Cool Planet Award presented by Southern California Edison (SCE) and The Climate Registry. PHG and its Doubletree by Hilton at Irvine-Spectrum and Santa Ana-Orange County Airport properties also received honorable mentions for their green energy initiatives during the awards ceremony that took place Oct. 25.

The Cool Planet Award recognizes SCE business customers that demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management within its business size and industry sector. Bacara Resort & Spa earned the highest honor for its exemplary leadership in energy efficient projects, participation in demand response programs, and establishment of environmental and greenhouse gas emissions management systems.
“We are proud to receive this recognition for Bacara and our company’s overall efforts in energy conservation,” said Steve Arnold, chief operating officer and president, PHG. “Our company is dedicated to continuing to improve our green initiatives while also delivering exceptional service and experiences to our guests.”

PHG and its properties have made energy and carbon management a top priority through its dedicated energy-saving initiatives and carbon solutions. Since its inception, the Orange County-based company has invested an estimated $800,000 on energy projects.

“The State of California has shown courageous political leadership over the years, fortified by the recent extension and intensification of the SB 32 climate legislation,” said David Rosenheim, Executive Director of the Climate Registry. “We congratulate the 2016 Cool Planet recipients for the spectacular job they have done demonstrating how a smaller carbon footprint can correlate with a business’ long-term prosperity.”

An integral resource to the PHG properties in this success was its partnership with Willdan, a company founded in 1964 that has partnered with local utility providers such as Southern California Edison to provide its customers program support, engineering and energy efficiency guidance. For more information about the Cool Planet Award, please visit https://www.theclimateregistry.org.

About Pacific Hospitality Group
Established in 1987, Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) is a growing hospitality company with 12 hotels, resorts and club assets across the United States. Based in Irvine, California, the company finances, manages and owns a portfolio of lifestyle and luxury properties known as the Meritage Collection. Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai and the recently opened Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach comprise the Collection. PHG also serves as the owner-franchisee for the following properties: Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove, AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown, AC Hotel Irvine, AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon/French Quarter Area, DoubleTree by Hilton Irvine Spectrum, and DoubleTree by Hilton Santa Ana/Orange County Airport. The company attributes its success to maximizing the net operating income of its properties through consistent revenue growth and effective cost management. Other PHG affiliated assets include Trinitas Cellars, Balboa Bay Club and Newport Beach Country Club. For more information, visit www.pacifichospitality.com  or www.linkedin.com/company/pacific-hospitality-group.

About Meritage Collection
The Meritage Collection is a lifestyle and luxury hotel brand that blends iconic, one-of-a-kind places with locally-inspired experiences designed for the curious traveler. Débuted in 2013, the Meritage Collection is comprised of six hotels & resorts throughout California and Hawaii, representing more than 1400 rooms and nearly 149,000 square feet of premier indoor meeting and event space. The portfolio includes The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, Paséa Hotel & Spa in Huntington Beach, Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, and Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort in Kauai. Reflective of its California roots, the Meritage Collection offers a laid-back luxury service culture that caters to the modern day traveler. The Meritage Collection properties are members of the Global Hotel Alliance and its DISCOVERY Rewards Program. DISCOVERY rewards travelers with local experiences and unique adventures not generally available to the public. For more information, please visit http://meritagecollection.com/, facebook.com/Meritage.Collection.Hotels or twitter.com/MeritageHotels.

About Willdan
Willdan provides professional consulting and technical services to utilities, public agencies and private industry throughout the United States. The Company's service offerings span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include energy efficiency and sustainability, engineering and planning, financial and economic consulting, and national preparedness. Willdan provides integrated technical solutions to extend the reach and resources of its clients, and provides all services through its subsidiaries specialized in each segment. For additional information, visit Willdan's website at www.willdan.com.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:

Kristal McKanders
Pacific Hospitality Group
Office 949-861-4700, ex. 350
kmckanders@pacifichospitality.com



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