Earth Day (April 22) is just one week away. While many hotel companies, individual lodging establishments and suppliers will be unveiling their Earth Day plans in the coming week, some have already released their plans. Initiatives range from community events to special promotions for guests. Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts is celebrating Earth Day all month long in April with the global rollout of its culinary sustainability initiative, Rooted in Nature. Special Rooted in Nature events and promotions taking place at all Shangri-La and Kerry hotels will highlight sustainable sources of produce, fish, and meat that can be found on the hotels’ menus year-round and celebrate the purveyors who responsibly steward the land and sea to provide Shangri-La chefs with the best possible ingredients. Dishes on offer will include produce and herbs grown on hotel grounds, locally-sourced organic vegetables and fruits, line-caught fish, free range poultry and beef, honey from a hotel’s own beehive, and more. The Portola Hotel & Spa will be partnering with the Monterey Regional Airport to celebrate Earth Day.
On April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Portola Hotel & Spa staff will be stationed at the Monterey Regional Airport Baggage Claim area to give away reusable bags made of 100 percent recycled materials. The phrase “I used to be a plastic bottle” will be printed across the reusable bags as a friendly reminder of the utility that comes with recycling.
Portola Hotel & Spa will also be giving out reusable bags to guests checking into the property on Earth Day while supplies last.
The Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center plans to officially kick off its Horticultural Gallery on Earth Day. Unlike a typical art gallery, the Horticultural Gallery at Oak Brook Hills, an IACC Green Star/Gold Status property, will present a cutting-edge array of eco-friendly initiatives happening outdoors in real time, headlined by the resort’s groundbreaking beekeeping program. Included will be a Foodscaping Garden, Chefs Garden and Drink/Cocktail Garden.
L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel, is celebrating Earth Day with a Southern California-style paddle out, as well as eco-friendly dining, cocktail and spa specials. The event in honor of ocean preservation will take place on April 22 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Powerhouse Park and will include the sunset and snacks on the beach afterward. Guests, locals and employees are invited to participate in the event and can bring their own boards or have the hotel concierge arrange for a board rental.
At Chicago’s Hotel Felix on Earth Day, Divvy will give hotel guests free 24-Hour passes to take advantage of their bike-sharing service. Plus, they will offer a discounted rate on the 24-hour pass throughout the month to all Hotel Felix guests.
Environmental nonprofit Audubon International will hold the first global Golf Course BioBlitz, a free program for golf courses, which will run the week of Earth Day, April 19 to 25. BioBlitz is a species counting competition designed to create awareness among golfers and the community about the environmental value of the habitats supported by golf courses. The program, sponsored by the United States Golf Assn., is open to any golf course worldwide including those unaffiliated with Audubon International.