THE FAIRMONT WASHINGTON, D.C. RECEIVES THE MAYOR’S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
On April 29, 2009, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty recognized The Fairmont Washington, D.C. for its environmental stewardship, innovative best practices, pollution prevention, and resource conservation in the first-ever ‘Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.’
“The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the very best in sustainable commerce in the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Fenty. “Every day, the winners demonstrate that taking care of the environment makes good business sense.”
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a leader in sustainable tourism, was the first major hotel chain in North America to embrace environmental stewardship in its daily operations through the implementation of its own Green Partnership Program. The Fairmont Washington, DC has fully embraced this pledge to waste management, energy and water conservation. The hotel’s environmental committee has developed a number of programs incorporating the environmental mantra reduce, reuse and recycle into the hotel’s daily operating practices.
The Fairmont Washington, DC has also embraced Fairmont Hotel’s & Resorts Eco-Meet Program. An environmentally friendly conferencing program, intended to minimize harm to the environment during meetings, conferences and similar events. Eco-Meet, developed as a "green meeting" and conference planning option, assists meeting planners to organize conferences and events that consider the environment, result in reduced waste, and also conserve valuable resources.
Pepco Energy Services supplies The Fairmont Washington, DC with over 3 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity generated from renewable resources; ten percent of the energy comes from wind farms located in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The hotel’s courtyard garden has its own herb garden tended to by the executive chef. The herbs are used to season signature dishes that reflect natural and healthy choices found from local organic producers.
Last but not least, The Fairmont Washington, DC is enrolled in the US EPA ENERGY STAR Program, a program that commits to benchmark energy consumption and streamlining energy performance at the property.
Located at 2401 M Street, NW, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. is convenient to the finest museums, theaters (including the Kennedy Center), shopping and dining. Close to two metro stations, it is five miles from Reagan National Airport and 33 miles from Dulles International Airport. At 415 rooms and luxury suites, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. offers a wealth of facilities while maintaining an air of tranquility insured through the design of intimate spaces, plenty of natural daylight, and a cascade of plants both inside and out.