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DESTIN, FLA.—Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa has received the 2013-14 Green Meetings Approved by ConventionSouth certification from ConventionSouth magazine, a leading national resource for meeting planners holding events in the South.The annual certification program evaluates and recognizes properties for their green meeting initiatives and the ability to help meeting planners meet their own green meeting objectives.
BOSTON—The Lenox Hotel in Boston will embrace the upcoming Earth Day by offering a month-long program of green amenities, services and an overnight package designed to keep Boston green. Starting April 1 and continuing through April 30, The Lenox Hotel will offer guests a “Green Dreams” package that includes an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s Heaven on Eleven Pure rooms, a sustainable breakfast in City Table restaurant, an eco-tour of the hotel with the property’s Director of Green, access to the hotel’s book lending eco-library and a guaranteed carbon neutral stay. As part of “Give 5% Keep Boston Green,” 5 percent of revenues from all “Green Dreams” guestroom reservations will benefit The Esplanade Association which will use the funds to help maintain and improve Boston’s treasured public green spaces. “Wake up feeling refreshed and guilt-free with our Green Dreams package,” says Daniel Donahue, Vice President and Managing Director for The Lenox. “We’ll completely zero out the impact of your trip to Boston.”
NATIONAL REPORT--On a winter’s day when the temperature in the Washington, D.C. area soared into the 70s, the ASAE Convene Green Alliance (CGA) took an adventurous group of 20 meeting professionals and industry partners on a behind-the-scenes “Green Safari” tour of the sustainability program at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View, one of only three LEED Gold certified hotels in Virginia. Participants received bandanas to wear and were greeted by Renaissance associates dressed in pith helmets and safari gear to set the theme for this unique learning format. The Green Safari demonstrated how the property earned LEED Gold status and how it benefits meeting planners, their organizations, and the planet. CGA Director Kristin Clarke kicked off the green theme by handing out corn-based compostable badge holders and lanyards made from recycled soda bottles. Even the name badges could not have been more organic—the paper was made from 50 percent Sri Lankan elephant dung and 50 percent post-consumer waste. Planners were first invited to sample sustainable breakfast fare from executive chef David Creamer.
MILL VALLEY, CALIF.—Auberge Resorts has announced environmentally focused offerings at each of its luxury resorts across North America that will encourage guests to share in the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. Each property is introducing a new collection of Earth Month guest experiences kicking off during Earth Hour on March 23 and available throughout the month of April.
LOS ANGELES—As part of the company’s rebranding initiative, Mars Air Systems is launching a clean new website to engage customers through interactive videos, information portals and client case studies. The website also now serves as an industry resource for new laws, studies and programs related to energy-efficient air curtains.
LAS VEGAS—For the fifth consecutive year Caesars Entertainment has committed to participate in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour, visually demonstrating its commitment to operate in an environmentally responsible manner. Caesars Entertainment’s worldwide resorts and casinos in the United States, Uruguay and China will shut off non-essential exterior lighting and marquees from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time on March 23.
SANTA MONICA, CALIF.—In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Shore Hotel—the LEED Gold certified boutique hotel located on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Santa Monica—announces the Go Green by the Shore package. The award-winning hotel is one of the country’s leaders in green hospitality infrastructure and services and has created this environmentally conscious package to invite guests to green their stay by the beach.
LAS VEGAS—Concept Amenities announced that Tracey McRae has been named vice president of marketing & communications of the Americas division. With a broad understanding of marketing and media, McRae brings nearly 12 years of marketing experience and accountability in developing results-driven campaigns.
SHELTON, CONN.—VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, has become the first convention and visitors bureau in the world certified in a new international sustainability standard designed to promote responsible environmental and social practices in the events industry. VISIT DENVER achieved Level One certification with the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Destinations for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences (abbreviated as “E2741-11” and commonly known as the APEX Standard). iCompli, a not-for-profit international auditing organization, developed the certification protocols for the new standards and performed the independent third-party certification of VISIT DENVER’s compliance with the destination standard. iCompli is the first third-party auditing organization to be endorsed by the Green Meeting Industry Council as a provider of ASTM certification. In December 2012, the Colorado Convention Center became the first facility to receive the same certification from iCompli in the venues category. In addition, Image Audiovisuals is the first company to receive this certification in the audio visual and production category.
BOULDER, COLO.—Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy announced that it has partnered with Green Key Global to provide green power and carbon offsets to hotels, motels, and resorts seeking to further their initiatives within the Green Key Eco-Rating and Green Key Meetings Programs.
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