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JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa  Hot
Hotels 4 Green Stars
  
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Eco Stars: 4 star
Stars: 5 star
Location: North America
Country: USA

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

As the only resort in Southern Arizona to be named to the Travel + Leisure 2008 World’s Best Hotels Top 500 List, Starr Pass draws on the beauty of its mountainous location. The resort incorporates the natural desert as its landscape design theme. With 575 spacious guestrooms, 88,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, five restaurants, a 20,000 sq. ft. spa, four separate pools, a lazy river and water slide, an Arnold Palmer Signature golf facility and 888 underground and covered parking spaces, the resort boasts of being not only the largest resort in southern Arizona, but also the only true eco-resort in Tucson.

Since opening in 2005, the resort has donated over 250 acres of land to preservations in Tucson Mountain Park. This eco theme extends to its restaurants, which serve only 100% line caught fish; its Hashani Spa, which uses natural desert plant oils; recycling programs; and direct access to the nature trails of Tucson Mountain Park. The resort continues to develop new and successful “green” initiatives. To quote Bill Marriott, “you can build all types of amenities but it would be impossible to duplicate what Starr Pass has, the Tucson Mountain Park.”


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Overall Rating: ★★★★ (4)

Energy Rating: ★★★ (3)
Staff Comment - none

Water Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - In an effort to reduce water use, Starr Pass Golf Club only overseeds fairways and tees of the award-winning Arnold Palmer Signature Golf course during the winter months. By allowing the roughs to go dormant, the resort saves millions of gallons of water each year. All golf course irrigation is reclaimed water. No ground water is used when watering the golf course. Starr Pass Golf Course is also proud to be an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program member. The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses helps golf courses to enhance wildlife habitats and protect natural resources for the benefit of people, wildlife, and the game of golf. The program is designed to give golf course managers the information and guidance they need to implement stewardship projects and receive recognition for their efforts. The culinary team at Starr Pass has perhaps had of the biggest impact on the resort’s eco-friendly program. The Banquet Department and most food outlets have made a commitment to first purchase organic food when available. Led by Executive Chef Chris Brown, the resort has committed to purchasing only humanely treated animals free of any additional hormones or antibiotics, as they are available. For its produce, the resort works closely with the Agua Linda CSA (community supported agriculture), an organic grower who practices sustainable agriculture free of any GMO (genetically modified organisms) or use of engineered seed crops. Starr Pass owns shares of the farms, with culinary team members often donating their time to help harvest. The resort kitchen also maintains an organic garden outside of Primo Restaurant that is cultivated used in the restaurant for meal functions. Starr Pass has implemented a linen reuse program within housekeeping. Bed linens are changed every three days unless otherwise requested by guests, thus reducing water use. In the convention spaces, recycle bins are now placed in strategic locations to allow guests to recycle newspapers and fine paper used during meetings. Every department participates in a comprehensive paper recycling program. In addition, all newspapers from guestrooms are recycled by housekeeping.

Disposal Rating: ★★★ (3)
Staff Comment - In the convention spaces, recycle bins are now placed in strategic locations to allow guests to recycle newspapers and fine paper used during meetings. Every department participates in a comprehensive paper recycling program. In addition, all newspapers from guestrooms are recycled by housekeeping. Plastic cups in the lobby have been replaced with "corn cups" which consist almost entirely of corn. The cups break down in composting within 45 days.

Eco-Active Rating: ★★★& (3)
Staff Comment - Since its opening in 2005, the resort has donated 330 acres of pristine Sonoran desert to the Tucson Mountain Park for continued maintenance and preservation of the land. The resort sits adjacent to the park, with many on-site trails leading to the Tucson Mountain Park. In addition to the land donation, Starr Pass and the City of Tucson have created an Environmental Enhancement Fund.

Protection Rating: ★★★★★ (5)
Staff Comment - Starr Pass and the City of Tucson have created an Environmental Enhancement Fund. This fund allocates a percentage of resort sales, contributing $17 million in 20 years. This fund is used to conduct research on mountain lion populations, build trailheads and erect signage in Tucson Mountain Park, as well as measures to control buffelgrass, a non-native species of plant that increases the threat of fire to our Sonoran Desert. During the development of the resort property, non-native soil was never brought into the resort during the building process. Even rocks were ground to use as fill dirt to build the resort. At the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 95% of the property was left in the original state of the Sonoran desert, including all plant material. The property participates in xeriscaping (low water landscaping) to save this valuable desert resource. All washes and natural waterways were preserved and kept intact to allow free flow of water sources from the upper desert to lower regions thus fulfilling the commitment of allow the water aquifer to be replenished and to preserve the natural highways for desert animals.

Contact Details

Name:
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Address:
3800 W.Starr Pass Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
USA
Telephone:
+1 (520) 792-3500
Website:
www.jwmarriottstarrpass.com
E-mail:
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