Peppermill Leading the Way in Green Energy

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Peppermill's pools are heated entirely by geothermal energy.
Peppermill’s pools are heated entirely by geothermal energy.

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino in Reno, Nev., is making headlines as the only resort in the United States whose heating source is totally provided from geothermal energy produced on property. Since 2007, the resort has used geothermal energy to heat the water for the Tuscany Tower, including the 43,000-sf Spa Toscana and two outdoor swimming pools. A recent $9.7 million investment completely overhauled the existing system and installed wells to handle heating for all of the resort’s water and heating. The cold water is cooled by a pre-chill system using outdoor temperatures instead of chillers, and the hot water is heated by geothermal energy.

Peppermill has taken dozens of other steps, including installing 30 plasma air generators to purify the indoor air; adding a water recycling system for all laundry services; going paperless in many departments; and partnering with Clean the World to recycle all soaps and bottled amenities from guest rooms.

The 1,623-room Tuscan-themed resort offers 106,000 sf of newly renovated meeting space, including a 62,000-sf grand ballroom.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.