Englewood, Colo.– November 10, 2008 – In 2008 Destination Hotels &
Resorts, the fourth largest independent hotel management company in the
United States, launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability
program, throughout its collection. Since the program’s inception, properties
have implemented more than 60 eco-friendly measures ranging from energy
efficient lighting and reduction of water usage to property-wide recycling
and purchasing eco-friendly products in all areas. Although the company
has set operational benchmarks for various eco-friendly measures, the cornerstone
of the program is property-based Green Teams who implement these practices
and also create customized initiatives that work well in their particular
operating environments and communities.
“Each property is an incubator for great ideas, best practices and
green lodging protocols,” said Mark Hickey, senior vice president of US
hospitality operations for Destination Hotels & Resorts. “Part of our
company’s guiding principles is to act with the highest ethical standards
and we believe this applies to being good stewards of the environment.
We implemented this program as a way of doing business – it’s good business
to look at how we operate and identify ways to lessen our impact on the
environments in which we operate. Our customers, clients and associates
have wholeheartedly embraced and supported the development of this program.”
In the summer of 2007, Destination hired Business Evolution Consulting
(BEC) to work with the company to develop a structured sustainability lodging
program for the collection which includes independent hotels and resorts,
branded properties, condominiums and private homes. BEC is working with
the company to define various levels of eco-friendly lodging practices
and how to incorporate these efforts into the properties. These practices
include but are not limited to:
Destination Earth creates a baseline standard of sustainable practices
for the company’s hotels, condominiums and private residences while encouraging
individual properties to be innovative in their operations. As properties
reach various stages in their implementation, new levels of green business
practices are identified and outlined for the collection. All properties
are encouraged to be resourceful in indentifying and implementing green
practices that are relevant to their operation and community.
sourcing environmentally responsible products and services locally and
purchasing organize natural and eco-friendly goods and supplies;
creating partnerships with organizations that demonstrate a commitment
to preserving the environment;
utilizing environmentally-responsible building practices; and,
retrofitting existing properties with water saving devices and energy efficient
lighting, heating and cooling systems.
“Destination Earth is a dynamic program and will evolve as our properties
continue to find ways to preserve the environment and respond to our customers,”
said Hickey. “We learn a lot from our property-based Green Teams who share
with us how certain standards can best be implemented at the property level
and we share various best practices that these groups have created.”
With properties implementing dozens of environmental practices, following
are a few examples of initiatives that are making a difference.
Destination properties also have been recognized by various organizations
for their eco-friendly practices in the last year.
Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center in New York dug a water
well on site allowing the property to create its own water source instead
of using thousands of gallons of water from local reservoirs.
The reservations department at Hotel ICON in Houston has gone paperless
using dry erase boards, flash drives and new computer technology.
Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix hired a permaculturist to tend
to the lush grounds of the property. The property uses sustainable landscaping
practices that create naturally recurring cycles of care for vegetation.
No commercial herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers are used.
More than 50 percent of the power purchased by Stowe Mountain Lodge is
from renewable resources. The property also uses eco-friendly Bamboo sheets
and robes in its guest rooms.
Two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) registered constructions
projects are underway at Sunriver Resort in Oregon. The stables and marina
projects are on track to be the first LEED certified buildings in Sunriver
by the United States Green Building Counsel for utilizing best practices
in green building.
The new Terranea Resort, scheduled to open in 2009, is being meticulously
built on the Palos Verdes Peninsula with more than 631,800 square feet
of native habitat areas. One example of habitat preservation is that approximately
45 mature trees dating over 50 years have been boxed and will be replanted
throughout the site as a tribute to the history of this location. Additional
environmental mitigation efforts include, but aren’t limited to, protecting
and enhancing local water quality. To do this Terranea is implementing
a series of environmental best management practices that include wet ponds,
Bioswales and storm filters. Bioswales are vegetated channels, essentially
created wetlands, which enhance water quality and provide a habitat for
many avian species.
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.
The Shores Resort & Spa in Dayton Beach Shores, Fla. and InterContinental
Tampa have been recognized by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection
as “Palm One” members of The Florida Green Lodging Program.
Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center received a Certificate of Environmental
Stewardship from the State of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental
The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Denver received the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s certificate of “Green Practices for the
Hotel Industry Training and submission of a Green Action Plan of sustainable
practices” as part of its commitment to the Democratic National Convention
that was hosting in Denver last summer.
To reduce air pollution, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel 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.
For more information on the company’s environmental efforts, please
and click on the Destination Earth icon.
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management
company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent,
luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fourth
largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The
company’s portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, 10 golf courses
and 14 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are
located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C.,
Los Angeles, Houston, Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix,
Palm Springs, Maui and Lake Tahoe. The company 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.