Golden Door celebrates victory on greenhouse gas offsets

US: Golden Door, a four-star hotel and spa resort, is celebrating a win for Climate Action, joining environmental leaders in advocating for a Climate Action Plan for the San Diego region.

In response to a lawsuit brought by Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, Climate Action Campaign and others, the California 4th District Court of Appeal has struck down a County of San Diego plan that allows housing developers to buy their way around restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.

Earlier in June, the three-judge panel ruled against a plan which allowed developers to purchase carbon offsets from offshore or out of the region to mitigate new vehicle traffic.

Kathy Van Ness, general manager and COO of Golden Door, said: “Golden Door is proud to take a stand for our environment with committed leaders who are fighting for all of us. And we are grateful that California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is in the fight with us.” 

Becerra weighed in to support the cause with a letter to the Court of Appeals. 

“This is a major victory, and this decisive ruling will help keep the pressure on the County of San Diego to create a real Climate Action Plan,” added Van Ness. “Our commitment to health and wellness extends beyond the Golden Door, and Climate Action is fundamental to a safe, healthy, sustainable community. Environmental stewardship is our responsibility – it’s everyone’s responsibility.”

Golden Door is an Asian-inspired spa resort set on 600 acres with mountains, zen gardens and a bamboo forest. 

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