Celebrate Earth Day and Green Travel

Sustainability at Sandman

Earth Day 2019 falls on Monday, April 22. It’s a special day to learn about our planet and how to take care of it. Earth Day is celebrated all over the world, usually on the first day of spring but sometimes on April 22nd. It is a special day to remind us to take care of our Earth, our environment, and to learn what we can do to help keep the Earth healthy—not just on Earth Day but every day. Whether Earth has been your home for a short time or a long time, you can have fun while honoring the Earth with these Inspiring Earth Day Activities in Wine Country.

  • Santa Rosa's Earth Day On Stage. Santa Rosa’s 10th Annual Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly festival that brings the community together through fun activities, live performing arts, and inspiring exhibits that raise environmental awareness. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to celebrate the Earth with great people, local food, beer and wine! Learn More
  • Spend the evening around the campfire at Spring Lake Regional Park, Santa Rosa: Sonoma County Regional Parks offers an opportunity to listen to owls hoot and bats heading off to dinner during their Spring Lake Regional Park Earth Day Campfire. This bilingual (Spanish/English) event offers an easy night walk, followed by games, poems, songs, stories, and s'mores around the campfire. 7:00pm-9:00pm, Free, $7 parking, Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Rd., Santa Rosa, CA Learn More
  • At Benovia Winery, Santa Rosa you can stroll vineyards and sip sustainable pinot. Take a one hour hike and experience the sustainable growing practices and methods at Benovia Winery from the vineyard manager Chris Kangas' guided tour. After an educational tour, you can enjoy a wine tasting. 10am-12:30pm, $20-$40 per person, reservations required. Learn More
  • Honor mother earth and support our National Parks. On Saturday, April 20th enjoy Free National Parks Day for “National Park Week”. Earth Day is a time to connect with the land and with each other in Sonoma County’s great outdoors, all 1,576 square miles of it. More than 60 regional and state parks make Sonoma County one of California’s most diverse natural destinations. Hike among towering redwoods; watch for whales, otters, or sea lions along rugged Pacific coastline; paddle through the inviting cool waters of one of three rivers, and get to know inviting small towns. Find more outdoor activities at www.sonomacounty.com/outdoor-activities. Or, just sit back and take it all in. Because here, you’re free to go your own way. Learn more
  • Give back at the Earth Day Beach Clean Up on April 20. Join Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and Partners for their annual Earth Day Clean Up of North Jenner Beach and the Lower Russian River in Jenner, which is part of Sonoma Coast State Park. Come join the Steward Ship, partners and communities to clean up the river and beach, by sand and kayak. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Jenner Visitors Center, Jenner. Learn More

Sustainability at Sandman

Green travel is not only a trend, but it is also a conscientious way to travel. What are we doing to be a Green Hotel? Here are just a few of the sustainability efforts at the Sandman Hotel:

  • All rooms provide complimentary Malin + Goetz toiletries in convenient pumping dispensers. This reduces waste with the elimination of small plastic bottles.
  • Water conservation linen and towel program.
  • In-room recycling waste receptacles.
  • Hotel rooms have energy efficient HVAC sensors that will turn off when rooms are vacant.
  • Exterior lighting replaced in 2018 to be energy efficient.
  • Outdoor landscaping is drought tolerant to reduce water needs.

Mindfulness on Earth Day

To honor the earth, you don’t have to go far. This year, try Ten Minutes of Gratitude for Planet Earth. It has been well documented that expressing gratitude is essential to happiness. Wouldn't it be great if we could use gratitude to help create a better Earth and make ourselves happier in the process? You don't have to go anywhere, donate to a cause, or volunteer your time. Sometimes the best things in life are not just free, they're exquisitely simple. Here is a suggestion for a mindful Earth Day in just 10 minutes:

  • Sit in a quiet space in which you will not be interrupted by people, electronics, or anything else.
  • Ideally, sit outside facing nature. Look at your garden, a pond, lake, ocean, mountain or park. If you're city-bound, find a tree or plant and focus on it. Even look at the sky, clouds or sun. The point is to keep the Earth's natural beauty and not a man-made creation in your vista.
  • Keep your eyes open or closed as you wish.
  • To begin, focus your thoughts only on your favorite moments in nature courtesy of planet Earth. These could range from a visit to a site of natural beauty like the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, or the beach to a favorite sunset or sunrise you remember. Even the most urban-bound residents of New York, London, or Tokyo have seen rivers, trees, and mountains from their cities. I believe everyone will have something they can focus on, even if simply a patch of sky above them.
  • As you focus on the Earth's natural beauty, feel a sense of gratitude for the natural experiences, adventures, and remembrances you have. Thank the Earth not only for your memories and experiences but also for the sustenance in the form of food, water, air and shelter that it has provided you.