THE FAIRMONT DALLAS FIRST TEXAS HOTEL TO RECEIVE GREEN KEY AWARD
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
Dallas – March 9, 2010 – The Fairmont Dallas is proud to announce its designation as a Green Key certified property – the first hotel in the state of Texas to receive the award from Green Key Global. The rigorous environmental audit resulted in a four-key designation, out of a possible five keys, based upon the property’s commitment to responsible tourism and the implementation of sustainable practices throughout the hotel operation.
In an effort to continually find a connection to the earth, a characteristic that is inherent in Fairmont properties worldwide, The Fairmont Dallas focuses on sustainable operations, waste management, conservation of resources and community partnerships. Energy-saving efforts in 2009 resulted in a property-wide 50 percent reduction in energy consumption year over year – an endeavor significant enough to claim the title of Green Hotel of the Year from the Hotel Association of North Texas.
“The Fairmont Dallas has an unwavering commitment to sustainable activities and to protecting the habitat, resources and culture of the places where we and our guests work, live and play,” said Ken Flores, Director of Operations at The Fairmont Dallas. “The Green Key audit results demonstrate our enduring commitment to environmental stewardship and constant efforts to strive toward a green program that stands apart from others in the city.”
The online, self-administered audit takes a wide range of areas into consideration, including corporate environmental management, housekeeping, food and beverage operation, conference and meeting facilities and engineering. Each question on the audit is designated a specific numeric value, the sum of which determines the number of keys awarded to participating hotels. The long-implemented green program at The Fairmont Dallas fully takes into consideration each of these areas in its approach to green operations; the attention to each area is demonstrated not only through operational modifications, but through the hotel’s colleagues, who have become environmental ambassadors for the hotel.
“We couldn’t ask for a better hotel as Green Key’s flagship property in Texas,” said Zach Conen, Vice President of Green Key Global, U.S. Region. “Their four-key rating is indicative of the commitment to sustainable hotel operations of the Fairmont brand as a whole, but specifically the efforts of the individuals at the Dallas property. They aren’t resting on any laurels – I’m sure they already working towards that fifth key.”
A detailed report of the property’s areas of strength and an explanation of the four-key designation was included in the award communiqué, as well as recommendations and beset practices for potential areas of improvement, all of which The Fairmont Dallas staff will take into consideration as the property works toward obtaining the fifth key. For more information on The Fairmont Dallas or to learn more about the hotel’s environmental programs, please visit www.fairmont.com/dallas.
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