Explore Eco-Friendly West Hollywood

This SoCal city is serious about sustainability

West Hollywood is known as a progressive, forward-thinking place, so it makes sense that the city is environmentally conscious. As 1 billion people around the globe gear up for Earth Day on April 22, here’s a look at West Hollywood’s efforts to protect the planet. Many local hotels adhere to green policies, such as energy-efficient lighting, waste-reduction programs, and eco-friendly toiletries, as well as giving guests the option to limit towel and linen washing. 

West Hollywood’s Green Hotels

1 Hotel West Hollywood

A commitment to the environment is at the heart of 1 Hotels’ mission, and this hotel showcases how luxury and sustainability can coexist. The nature-inspired design features more than 75 tons of reclaimed wood from fallen trees, as well as native plants throughout the hotel. The guest rooms have organic linens, locally-constructed furniture, and chalkboards instead of notepads. 1 Hotel West Hollywood has an Energy Star score of 95, making it one of the most energy-efficient hotels in Los Angeles. The hotel restaurant, 1 Kitchen by Chris Crary, serves sustainably-sourced dishes—including zero-waste options—and uses produce grown in an on-site organic vegetable and herb garden. Read more about the hotel’s green initiatives.


La Peer Hotel

Protecting the planet is clearly a priority at Kimpton La Peer Hotel. Innovative strategies were employed as the hotel was built—about 10% of the building materials were extracted, processed, and manufactured regionally, and about 80% of construction waste was recycled and diverted from landfills. An air-quality management plan was used during construction to flush out irritating chemicals emitted by carpet, paint, glues, sealants, and coatings. Reflective roofing material reduces heat gain within the building.

Additionally, the hotel boasts water-efficient fixtures, LED lighting, green cleaning products and high-efficiency HVAC systems, as well as electric-vehicle charging stations and clean-air vehicle parking spaces. Prefer to bike? The La Peer encourages guests to borrow its custom-designed bicycles to explore the neighborhood.

213-296-3038, LAPEERHOTEL.COM

Mondrian Los Angeles

You can go “glamorously green” when you stay at the Mondrian Los Angeles. The hotel’s environmental initiatives include an Aquarecycle system to reduce its water footprint and the popular Wellsys water-purification system. The Mondrian also implemented a lighting retrofit from incandescent to LED. An automated system turns off air conditioning in guest rooms when windows are open or rooms are empty.  To reduce waste, the hotel donates unused soap and toiletries to charity. The green theme carries through to the restaurant menu, which features sustainable, locally-sourced options.


Green Policies

The city of West Hollywood is serious about protecting the environment.

Here are some of the actions we’ve taken:

Plastic Bag Ban

Back in 2012, West Hollywood banned grocery stores, retail stores, and pharmacies from giving out single-use plastic bags. Shoppers are encouraged to bring a reusable bag for their purchases. Paper bags, which must contain 40% post-consumer recycled content, are available in many stores for a 10 cent fee.

Plastic Straws Are Available Only By Request

In West Hollywood, you won’t receive a plastic straw with your beverage, because many of the straws used in Southern California end up in the ocean, polluting the environment and endangering sea creatures. If you require a straw, ask your server for one.

Green Buildings

In 2007, West Hollywood adopted one of the first mandatory green building ordinances in the United States—and in 2019, they expanded the requirements even further. This means new buildings will be more energy efficient, use less water, and have better indoor air quality.

You can do your part for the environment in West Hollywood, too. Explore the city car-free on foot, bike or public transit. Be part of the glam nightlife scene by jumping on The Pickup, a free trolley ride that runs along Santa Monica Boulevard on weekend evenings. Lots of other buses run frequently too. Another fun way to avoid traffic and see the scenery: Sign up for a tour with Bikes & Hikes LA. Or get an insider’s take on the storied Sunset Strip as you walk or jog from one famous site to the next. Musician Jon D’Amico leads Rock ‘n’ Walk & Jogging Tours and shares historical tidbits along the way.

Why not broaden your horizons? West Hollywood’s convenient bike-share program WeHo Pedals partnered with bike-share systems in Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and UCLA to form the Bike Share Connect network. 

West Hollywood Park (647 N. San Vicente Blvd.) and Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Blvd) are welcoming green spaces. Check out the Parks Route Walking Path, a 2.5-mile long route between the parks. Do it roundtrip and you’ll get your 10,000 steps in!

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