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Sustainability Week

Publish Date: 20-Sep-2013

Victoria, BC Friday, September 20, 2013



VICTORIA, BC - September 20, 2013 - What does sustainability mean to you? The Fairmont Empress invites guests and residents to attend their 1st annual Sustainability Fair on September 26, 2013, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Ivy Ballroom of the hotel. Featuring 21 businesses selected for their sustainability practices and contributions to the local community, this fair will leave guests feeling inspired and ready for change. Entrance to the fair will be by donation with proceeds going directly to the LifeCycles Project whose mission is to cultivate awareness and initiate action around food, health, and urban sustainability in the Greater Victoria community.


"Each booth offers a unique opportunity to look behind the scenes of the businesses that you interact with and learn how they are contributing to the sustainability initiatives in our community," said Fairmont Empress General Manager, Don Fennerty. "Fairmont is a leader in sustainability, and we are proud to host this fair that will provide inspiration and education for local residents."


The passion for sustainability started at a corporate level for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts with the Fairmont Sustainability Partnership focusing on responsible business, ecosystem, environment, and engagement. The passion continues at The Fairmont Empress with a colleague-run Sustainability Committee. The objectives of the team include tracking sustainable practices, creating positive change and sparking innovation. The Fairmont Empress' commitment to the environment started in 1990 with the brand's then Green Partnership program.


The Sustainability Fair is part of a weeklong series of events for The Fairmont Empress. Hotel colleagues will be participating in the annual Shoreline Cleanup along Dallas Road, and through the assistance of the LifeCycles Project they will also be harvesting food in the community that would otherwise go to waste.


Other events open to the public during The Fairmont Empress Sustainability Week include a family-style Harvest Table Dinner on Thursday, September 26 at 6 p.m. The three-course dinner created by the hotel's new Executive Chef, Morgan Wilson, will highlight local and sustainable food offerings. The dinner will also feature speakers from Ocean Wise™ and the LifeCycles Project with examples of how they champion sustainable practices in their businesses. Seats at the dinner are $65 each, with partial proceeds being donated to the LifeCycles Project. Reservations may be made at or by calling 250 389 2727.

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