The Fairmont Washington, D.C. Purchases 100% Renewable Energy
June 01, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 1, 2010-- The Fairmont Washington, D.C. has awarded a contract to Boulder, Colorado-based Renewable Choice Energy to offset 100 percent of the hotel’s electricity use. The three-year contract calls for Renewable Choice Energy to supply the 415-room Fairmont Hotel with over 9.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by wind farms across America.
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts have been dedicated environmental stewards since 1990 with the development of the company's comprehensive Green Partnership program, designed to minimize the hotels' operating impacts on the environment. "Every business has a responsibility in the community to be environmentally conscious. Our commitment to support renewable energy development and reduce carbon emissions has an impact similar to planting 42,982 mature trees or not driving more than 10.5 million miles in an average passenger car," states General Manager George Terpilowski.
“Fairmont’s commitment to take responsibility for 100 percent of its electricity use demonstrates its understanding of the importance of helping to support and grow our nation’s renewable energy infrastructure,” said Quayle Hodek, CEO of Renewable Choice Energy. “We’re looking forward to helping Fairmont communicate the value of this commitment to its employees and guests.”
Over seventy percent of U.S. electricity comes from burning fossil fuels such as coal and gas. Every time we burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, harmful greenhouse gasses are emitted into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Wind-generated electricity is renewable, sustainable, and does not produce environmental pollution. Purchasing a specific quantity of RECs ensures that wind energy producers add the same amount of clean electricity to the national grid, reducing the overall need for fossil fuels, and resulting in a cleaner and more sustainable.
In addition to its investment in 100% renewable energy, The Fairmont Washington, D.C.has accomplished the following sustainability objectives which helped the hotel to earn the Canadian Hotel Association’s Green Key Eco-Rating of 4 Keys, The PCMA Capital Chapter Green Supplier Award for 2009, The Hotel Association’s 2009 Star of the Industry Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Events for its “Earth Day Event” and The Mayor’s Environmental Excellence Award for 2009. A brief sampling of these initiatives includes:
• The hotel’s colleagues have created an Environmental Committee, developing a number of programs incorporating the environmental mantra, reduce, reuse and recycle, into the hotel’s daily operating practices.
• Three honey bee hives and over 105,000 Italian honey bees live on the rooftop. They enhance the hotel’s culinary program and assist with the reversal of the national colony collapse
• Recycling white paper in the heart of the house and purchasing copy paper made with a high percentage of recycled material
• Hold Earth Day clean up and planting events with neighborhood School
• Conduct Food, Clothing and blanket Drives for Keys for the Homeless Hold Environmental Awareness Day to Honor Earth Day
• Recycling aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard and glass in all guestrooms and through banquets, Light bulbs, batteries, ballasts, textiles, oils and fats
• Installing low-flow showerheads and toilets in guest room baths and public restrooms
• Encouraging colleagues to use public transportation by offering MetroCheck, a program enabling hotel staff to purchase monthly MetroRail, MarcTrain and VRE passes with pre-tax dollars
• Low wattage compact florescent light bulbs are used
• Light motion sensors are used in administrative areas and dimmers are used in meeting rooms
• A new energy efficient/water saving dishwasher in now in the hotel’s banquet kitchen
• New energy saving ovens are now in use in the Main Kitchen and the Pastry Kitchen
• Hospitality Suites have new digital thermostats
• Guest floor corridors have new compact fluorescent bulbs
• The hotel has 24 variable speed drives for HVAC units, pumps, cooling towers, etc.
• The hotel has installed a new energy efficient system for chillers, boilers, refrigeration systems that will generate about $35K in annual savings in energy.
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. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com/washington
ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS
With over 60 distinctive hotels, including the iconic Fairmont San Francisco and Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai, and more in development, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a global hospitality brand known for its warm and engaging service and culturally rich experiences. Located in coveted worldwide destinations, its unrivalled collection of classic hotels imbue a sense of heritage, sophistication, and social importance, and are often considered destinations in and of themselves. Fairmont is also committed to responsible tourism and is an industry leader in sustainable hotel management with its award-winning Green Partnership program. Fairmont is owned by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International, a leading global hotel company with 95 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont and Raffles branded residences, estates and luxury private residence club properties. For more information or reservations, please call 1-800-441-1414 or visit www.fairmont.com.
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Renewable Choice Energy
Renewable Choice Energy (http://www.renewablechoice.com) is a leading national provider of renewable energy credits (RECs) and verified emission reductions (VERs) (carbon offsets) to hundreds of Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses, thousands of residential customers, and over 1,000 LEED green building projects in the U.S. Founded in 2001, Boulder-Colo.-based Renewable Choice and its clients have received prestigious awards from the EPA and DOE for supporting and expanding the renewable energy market and have been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA TODAY, and more.