Auberge looks to sustainable development

Auberge Spas & Resorts has demonstrated its commitment to
the sustainable development and operation of its resorts with the appointment of Patrick
S. Freeman as Director of Sustainable Development, a newly created position. In this role, Freeman will develop sustainable initiatives for Auberge’s four existing properties, Auberge du Soleil and Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley; Esperanza in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina, and guide sustainable
development at four additional Auberge properties currently being designed.  He will be
based initially in St. Kitts, where Auberge is master-planning 2,400 acres as an exclusive
beach resort community on a pristine peninsula.
“At Auberge Resorts, we believe it’s possible to indulge our guests with
exceptional luxury resorts that are managed in harmony with the environment,” said
Auberge Resorts’ Principal and CEO Mark Harmon.  “We’re committed to the long-term
operation of our resorts, which is why we’re conscious of protecting their spectacular
natural settings.  Patrick’s skill and expertise at ecological, environmental and
infrastructure planning will be invaluable to us as we take steps to protect our precious
natural resources and as we embark on our most ambitious development project yet—St.
Kitts Peninsula—where we hope to create a global model for sustainable luxury resort
Freeman brings more than a decade of experience in the design and
implementation of sustainable public and private sector engineering projects around the
world.  Most recently, he was Director of Operations for Sherwood Design Engineers,
San Francisco, where he was responsible for ecological restoration, infrastructure design
and planning for resort projects in Morocco, the Seychelles, St. Kitts and Mexico.  Earlier
positions included tenures at Manna Consultants, Oakland, Calif., where he served as
manager on projects that included aspects of the Bay Bridge and the Bay Area
Rapid Transit (BART) extension to San Francisco International Airport.  He began his
career as an engineer working with the Department of Defense on environmental
restoration and clean-up projects in New Mexico.
A frequent speaker to audiences ranging from politicians and stakeholders to
recent graduates and aspiring engineers, Freeman is an authority on water conservation,
entrepreneurism, and sustainability.
Freeman received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He is a registered civil
engineer in both California and Oregon.