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Public Light Bulb Switch is Part of Earth Day at the Willard InterContinental


WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Willard InterContinental Hotel will celebrate Earth Day this year with a park cleanup and light bulb exchange. On April 22, from 11 a.m to 2 p.m., the Willard, with members of the National Parks Service, will spend the day across from the hotel in Pershing Park, where employees and community members are invited to help clean the park and learn some of the ways the Willard is working to reduce its environmental impact. These include a peak at some of the eco-friendly products used in the hotel. Also on Earth Day, I Spa at the Willard estheticians will be on hand offering complementary mini massages.

In addition, the Willard will offer the public the opportunity to trade in standard light bulbs for more energy efficient CFL bulbs. Visitors will also be able to drop off their plastic items for recycling. The National Park Service, which is co-sponsoring the green awareness event, will be on hand to sign up anyone who wishes to volunteer once a month toward the cleaning, planting and general maintenance of Washington’s national parks. The Willard will offer its own tips towards leading a more sustainable life, and will hand out gifts of wildflower seeds. The public is encouraged to spend lunch hour in Pershing Park to enjoy fresh air and explore ways to incorporate green living into their own lives.

Also throughout the week, the Willard hotel will be collecting donations in all food and beverage outlets to be donated to the Earth Conservation Corps, the organization responsible for the Anacostia River Clean-Up Project, another Willard-supported program. This program’s goal is to utilize hotel funds accrued from the conservation of water used during laundering services in order to directly support efforts to clean up the Anacostia River.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the efforts that the hotel is making as part of our sustainability program, Willard InterContinental—The Next 100 Years, as well as the extraordinary conservation advances of our partnering organizations,” said Hervè Houdrè, general manager, Willard InterContinental Washington.

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