Hotel Intel: Going Green for Earth Hour and Earth Day

- Joy Pecknold, Passport blog editor

We queried a few properties on what they had up their green sleeves for Earth Hour at the end of this month and Earth Day in April. Herewith, six stays to make an upcoming getaway more green.

The Fairmont San Francisco, along with 60 other Fairmont properties, will shut off its main lights during Earth Hour starting at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012. For your stay then and there, consider booking the “Green in Golden Gate Park” package which includes a picnic in the park, bottle of organic wine, free hybrid vehicle parking and assistance coordinating a volunteer experience with The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Sin City’s iconic Bellagio, along with 10 other MGM Resorts properties, will repent from some of its consumption sins by shutting off on its bright exterior lights and marquee for Earth Hour. Add that its other energy saving initiatives like saving some 2.7 million gallons of water by switching dishwashers and swopping in drought-friendly plants.

The beach-side Las Alamandas in Mexico will celebrate Earth Hour romantically with a carbon-neutral bonfire on the beach. To make it even sweeter, guests get to partake in an good, old-fashioned marshmallow roast, and a candle to light the way back to one’s room.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, along with explorer, environmentalist, educator and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau (Jacques’ son!), will celebrate Earth Day with a beach clean-up on Saturday April, 21. It’s an apt activity for a hotel located on a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and two-miles of sandy beach. The clean-up is the keep the area and its wildlife free of potentially harmful trash and debris. Up your green quotient with one of the hotel’s 15 eco-tours which combine education and excursion.

When you book at stay online or by phone at Italy’s Palazzo Seneca for April 22, 2012 and refer to “Earth Day”, the hotel will donate 20% of the reservation value to the National Park of Sibillini Mountains to benefit its nature and educational projects.

Also on April 22, Raffles Praslin in Seychelles hosts a tree planting event at the resort. Those trees are then named for participating residents. The resort is also environmentally active year-round. Their initiatives include energy monitoring, water conservation campaigns, recycling centers and cleaning days. For their conservation efforts, they recently received Wetland Certification from the Seychelles Ministry of Environment.

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