Tuesday, 15 January 2008

New Destinations Added

I've posted three new cities to the green destinations list today: Chicago, San Francisco and Albuquerque (please see sidebar).

The addition of Chicago is based on the recent launch of the mayor's "Green Chicago" initiative - to make the city the greenest in America. Co-inciding with the recent hosting of the US Green Building Council's Greenbuild Conference and Expo, this iniative also includes incentives for the hospitality community in the city to pursue green certification. As a result of the mayor's challenge 31 local hotels have undertaken a commitment to pursue green certification in the coming years. The expansion to McCormick Place has also recently received LEED certification, further demonstrating support for green meetings.

San Francisco has been included for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the city's prevailing green culture. More specifically, the Moscone Center has a long-standing commitment to environmental responsibilty. In addition the city operates a Hospitality Non-Profit Collaborative community outreach, re-use and recycling effort. This program has 20 active hotel participants and averages upwards of 10,000 lbs of donated materials per month and a cost savings to hotels of $80-250 per month. For more information on the program please contact Jo Licata, Community Projects Manager, Hilton San Francisco, jo_licata@hilton.com.

Lastly, Albuquerque has been added to reflect the CVB's recent support of the Green Meeting Industry Council. As such the CVB has made a commitment and expressed intent to prioritize green meetings moving forward. Am looking forward to news and updates about their journey.

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