Since publishing my Earth Day column last week I have heard from a number of other companies and hotels with their Earth Day plans. First, a representative of Destination Hotels sent me a long list of activities that will take place at Destination Hotels properties as part of the company’s Destination Earth program. Upon checking in April 21 through April 22 at Hotel Derek, A Destination Hotel in Houston, each guest will receive a Texas shaped paper, which will bloom into a Texas wild flower garden. Additionally, the property will be featuring a farm to table menu to include local Texas wine specials in its Revolve Restaurant and Bar. Hotel Derek will also hold an all associate town hall with a farm to table menu, challenging associates to plant the provided assortment of seed packet gifts. Associates who bring in recyclable goods that they may have otherwise thrown away will receive a raffle ticket and be entered to win one of two $50 Target gift cards.
The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C., is celebrating Earth Day by holding a Book Drive benefit at the property’s local library. On Earth Day, L’Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel in Del Mar, Calif., will “turn down the power” in the lobby in the evening and encourage guests to do the same. At the Seaport Hotel in Boston, associates will be installing two new, raised planters on the fifth floor roof—the same roof where nearly one million bees reside in hives. Also in celebration of Earth Day, the Seaport Hotel will be offering all guests staying overnight, and each of their team members, reusable Seaport Saves tote bags. At the 1 Hotel Central Park, visitors are being asked to be inspired by an Intention Tree on 6th Avenue during and Earth Day 5K Walking Tour. Visitors can read intentions expressed by the 1 Team and express their own.