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Publish Date: 21-Mar-2014

Montréal, Québec Friday, March 21, 2014

The hotel takes part in Earth Hour for a seventh year.

As part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel will participate for the seventh consecutive year in Earth Hour, an international event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

On Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. local time, all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts around the world will dim their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change and show their support for sustainable tourism.

In Montreal, in addition to switching off principal lighting inside and outdoor signage, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth invites guests to take part in the celebrations. Upon arrival, they will be greeted by doormen who will escort them with flashlights to the Front Desk where they will check-in by candlelight. Several areas of the hotel including the main Lobby, Fairmont Gold Lounge and outlets will turn off their main lights. During their stay, guests will be encouraged to travel green by reducing their water and energy consumption as well as using public transit.

During this moment of darkness, guests can enjoy eco-friendly cocktails to be served in its bars such as the green-colored “John & Yoko and the Bees”, a tribute to the beauty of nature that we need to preserve and the “Ocean Wise” to show our commitment to protecting marine species. 

In the restaurants, guests dining by candlelight can chat about the future of our planet while sampling local cuisine such as the Carpaccio of raw beetroot with cheese from our goats; Duck breast glazed with maple syrup from our forests, celeriac purée or Fillet of trout cooked in a Mason jar, perfumed with cranberry oil.

Throughout the property, guests will notice seedlings and Spring micro greens grown by the in-house gardeners from the Sustainability team to inspire visitors to grow fresh herbs and vegetables for a greater food self-sufficiency.

With a long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and responsible tourism, Fairmont is a strong supporter of WWF, participating in many of their campaigns, as well as being a member of their global Climate Savers program. For the past two decades, Fairmont has been dedicated to preserving the places in which we live, work and play through its Green Partnership Program. Expanding on this 20-year commitment, Fairmont will continue to actively support a sustainable future and a low carbon economy, understanding that ultimately, we are all in this together.

For more information on Fairmont’s Green Partnership program and the company's industry leading environmental initiatives, please visit

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