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Destination Hotels & Resorts Conference Center Collection Supports IACC Code of Sustainability and Excels in Compliance

Englewood, Colo. – November 2, 2009 – Destination Hotels & Resorts offers a collection of seven unique and professionally designed International Association of Conference Centers-certified facilities located coast-to-coast. These properties excel in offering exceptional meeting experiences, which now includes sustainable business practices as recognized by the new IACC Code of Sustainability. All Destination conference facilities support the IACC code and all have achieved either silver or gold status.

“We feel strongly that environmental responsibility is a significant part of the meeting experience and their Destination Earth program leads the way toward a more sustainable environment,” said Tom Bolman, executive vice president of IACC. “We applaud Destinations members for having achieved silver or gold status in the Code of Sustainability.”

The IACC Code of Sustainability states that the organization will be a leader in creating environmental awareness among its member properties and their clients. The organization does this by communicating the initiatives that they have researched and identified as having a lesser environmental impact; by encouraging IACC members to adopt these environmentally responsible practices into their business operations; and by continuous improvement to its management efforts; all with the goal of reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact.

IACC has a rigorous Code of Sustainability, which includes 59 tenets in the following areas:
•    Education, Awareness and Public Declaration
•    Waste Management
•    Recycling
•    Reuse
•    Water Conservation
•    Purchasing
•    Energy Management
•    Air Quality
•    Food & Beverage

Member properties that sign the Code of Sustainability certify that their organization has agreed to support this policy, and has adopted and currently adheres to at least 75 percent of the code. Members are recognized for their environmental efforts in three categories – platinum have 100 percent of the code’s practices in place, gold illustrates 85 percent and silver status represents 75 percent of the code’s sustainability practices.

Destination’s conference properties implemented new sustainability practices beginning in 2007 through the company’s Destination Earth green lodging program. The principles noted in Destination Earth made it an easy transition to support and excel in the IACC Code of Sustainability standards.

With properties implementing dozens of environmental practices, following are a few examples of initiatives in the conference center collection that are making a difference.
•    Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center in New York donates their kitchens’ waste vegetable oil to Westchester County which converts the oil to bio-diesel to be used in parks and county vehicles.
•    Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center recently installed electronic docking stations for electric cars in its parking lot. Four dual 120-volt outlets can charge hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius and Mini Cooper hybrid and cars that have been converted to use electricity.
•    The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center coordinates an annual ‘Trash to Trees’ decorating competition to help raise awareness about the importance of recycling and making eco-friendly choices, in particular during the holiday season.  The program challenges local students to decorate a 5-foot tree using recycled or re-purposed items only. The trees are displayed throughout the hotel over the holidays and the public is invited to vote for their favorite trees.  
•    To reduce air pollution, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Arizona participates in Maricopa County’s Trip Reduction Program by offering benefits to it employees who commute. The hotel recently was noted as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters for exceeding the national standard of excellence designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
•    The Rizzo Conference Center uses organically grown herbs on property in various menu items and flowers from the center’s gardens are used for dining room centerpieces.
•    Skamania Lodge recently raised funds for the Balfour Estate Restoration project, which will transform an old homestead into a recreation site, trail and wetland including native grasses, plants and a viewing area for bald eagles.

Destination Earth was developed in recognition of the need to preserve the world in which Destination Hotels & Resorts operates and serves its guests. The company is dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to and lessen its footprint on the changing environment. Destination Hotels & Resorts recognizes that its customers, owners and associates all benefit from and desire a healthy, sustainable environment. As the company continues on the journey of environmental stewardship, it is committed to maintaining the superior guest experience that customers have come to expect while reducing impact on the earth’s natural resources.

Destination offers seven conference facilities located throughout the United States -  Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz., Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa in La Jolla, Calif., The Inverness Hotel and Conference Center in Denver, Colo., Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in Florham Park, NJ, Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center in Tarrytown, NY, Skamania Lodge outside of Portland, Ore., and the latest edition to the collection, the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Properties in the Destination conference collection are purpose build for meetings and excel in the business of meetings. Each offers flexible meeting planning through complete meeting packages (CMPs). These meeting packages provide planners with a turnkey solution to meeting planning that includes accommodations, continuous refreshment breaks, daily dining options, audio visual needs and meeting space.  

Destination Hotels & Resorts is consistently rated one of the top 10 independent hospitality management companies in the United States with more than 30 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California which opened to the public in June. The 102-acre ocean front resort features a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three ocean view restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises.  For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com or to join the company’s loyalty program for the best offers available, visit www.destinationdelivers.com


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Media Contact:
Kristin Yantis, Malen Yantis Public Relations, (775) 351-7904, kyantis@myprco.com

 

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