Auberge Resorts Launches New Susantainable Development Program

Auberge Resorts, a leading resort development and management company, today 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 development."

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.

About Auberge Resorts

Auberge Resorts is a collection of exceptional hotels, resorts and private clubs, each with a unique personality that assures a memorable guest experience. Among the distinctive properties are Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley; Esperanza, Cabo San Lucas; Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley; and The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, S.C., with several others currently in development. While Auberge Resorts nurtures the individuality of each establishment, all are characterized by a set of communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations that inspire exceptional cuisine and spa experiences; and gracious yet unobtrusive service. For more information about Auberge Resorts, please visit