DALLAS, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Oct. 26, 2010) -
Attention: Business and Environmental Editors
For the second year in a row, The Fairmont Dallas was recognized by the Hotel Association of North Texas, (HANTX) at the 2010 HOSPY awards as the Green Hotel of the Year for its persistent efforts to operate the luxury property with minimal impact on the environment.
Surrounded by the city's industry leaders on Friday, October 22 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Jeff Floyd, Director of Engineering at The Fairmont Dallas, proudly accepted the award. Fittingly, Floyd leads the hotel's green efforts and has been the catalyst for several of the property's most recent eco-friendly projects, including one that pipes the water used to cool the hotel's ice compressors back into the condensing water system, saving the hotel an estimated 4.6 million gallons of water a year.
"It takes a collective effort from the entire staff to create a real focus on both enduring and day-to-day environmental issues," said Floyd. "This award is representative of the long-term value we are providing the city, our guests and of course the planet."
The hotel's commitment to sustainability is apparent in daily operations with an emphasis on water conservation, energy management and local food sourcing. Earlier this year, the engineering department took on the task of retro-fitting all lights in the back-of-house areas and in the hotel's grand ballrooms with more energy efficient bulbs. The project was expected to take a couple of months, but with grand effort from the entire team, the task was completed in just two short weeks spurring a 56 percent reduction in energy. This helped to position the hotel as the third lowest carbon footprint emitter at a Fairmont Hotels & Resorts property. In addition to its continued recognition by HANTX, The Fairmont Dallas was the first hotel in Texas to receive Green Key Certification, garnering four keys out of five for demonstrating dedication to environmental stewardship through projects such as property-wide single-stream recycling, the use of solid chemicals, eliminating the need for barrel and plastic containers and the addition of two beehives to the 3,000-square-foot organic herb and vegetable garden on the hotel's terrace level.
Located at 1717 N. Akard, The Fairmont Dallas is situated in the heart of the Downtown Dallas Arts District, just steps from fine dining, shopping, arts and entertainment. The hotel's 545 elegant guest rooms and luxury suites combine hospitality, comfort and that special Texas flair for an unrivaled experience. Fairmont Gold, an exclusive lifestyle experience, is designed to fulfill the needs of the discerning business executive and leisure traveler, with many of the comforts of home and more. The Fairmont Dallas hotel can accommodate your lodging needs for business or leisure, grand events, weddings, conferences or intimate meetings.
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 FRHI Holdings Limited, 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. Follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheFairmontDallas and Twitter: www.twitter.com/FairmontDallas.