Family Fun Eco-Travel Weekend

We are headed to San Diego for a family
weekend trip focusing on the
"GREEN" of it all. From accommodations to entertainment, we'll show
you Eco-travel at it's "fun-nest"!  

Starting with the hotel!  We'll be staying at
the very Eco-friendly, Crowne Plaza
San Diego.
What makes them so "green" you ask?


Check this out:
Crowne Plaza San Diego – Green Practices


The Crowne Plaza San Diego is lessening its environmental impact
through a variety of Green
Practices and state-of-the-art “green” equipment additions. In
the many ways below, the daily
operations of each department along with the commitment of our
professional staff members
are helping keep the
earth GREEN


Water Conservation

  • •Speakman low flow showerheads – Savings of 531,075 gallons
    per year compared to a 3.0GPM Shower head.
  • • Vorten low flow toilets – Savings of 86,880 gallons per year
    when compared to a 3.5 GPF toilet
  • • Installed conductivity meters on our cooling towers to save
    water – Saving approximately
    730,000 gallons per year at 5 cycles.
  • • Linen program in guestrooms helps to save water, electricity
    and natural gas. This program
    removes 98,550 pounds of terry and linen per year from the
    laundry process.
  • • Water upon request program is utilized in all our F&B outlets.


Energy Conservation

  • • Installed a Solidine Energy Management system for public air
    conditioning system in meeting
    rooms and admin offices which saves approximately 95,922 KWH
    per year
  • • Variable frequency drive saves power usage for production of
    chilled water HVAC system.
    Estimated KWH usage of 41,600 saved per year
  • • Replaced 191 PTAC with more efficient units saving
    approximately 50,000 KWH per year
  • • Compact florescent Light bulbs and LEDS comprise 95% of hotel
    – Saving approximately
    73,528 per year. Also implemented a Florescent Lamp Recycling
    System utilizing Mercury
    VaporLok Containers.
  • • Occupancy Sensor lighting is installed in public restrooms.
  • • Installed high efficiency dryers in laundry room saving
    approximately 25% less natural gas
  • • High
    effificiency boilers
    that service guestrooms use approximately
    15% less natural gas.


Waste Reduction Efforts

  • • 2008 WRAP Award Winner –
    Waste Reduction Awards Program – Awarded through California
    Integrated Waste
    Management Board, a subsidy of the
    California Environmental Protection
  • • Clear
    and Colored Glass
    – 10 Tons
    • Cardboard – 28 Tons
  • • Tin
    & Steel
    Cans & Containers – 2 Tons
    • Aluminum Cans – 1 Ton
  • • Newspaper
    /Magazines/Yellow Pages – 7 Tons
    • Plastic
    – 3 Tons
  • • Grass
    & Trimmings
    - 71 tons
  • • Electronics
    Disposal (approximately 500 pounds per
    year) & Donations to Father Joe’s and St
    Vincent De Paul
  • • Recycle
    250 gallons of cooking oil per year through
    New Leaf. New Leaf processes these oils
    at their facility
    in Barrio Logan, San Diego into biofuel.
  • • Donate
    20 to 50 pounds of unused food product to
    Father Joe’s and St Vincent De Paul
  • • Through our recycling efforts the Crowne Plaza San Diego
    Hanalei has diverted over 122 tons
    of recycling/reusable material to the landfill to be buried in
    2008. We strive to improve that
    diversion amount in 2009. We will evaluate and implement more
    efficient ways to recycle in
    the hospitality industry.
  • • Yard clippings recycled through Edco Recycling. Estimated
    poundage kept from our landfills
    of 20,900. This Green only dumpster allows our landscape
    clippings to burned into mulch
    through Edco Waste Management System.
  • • Battery Recycling programs prevents over 2,000 batteries per
    year from going into our landfills.  


Clean Air Practices

  • • Clean all air handler units and coils annually and follow a
    preventative maintenance schedule
    keeping records of all activity.
  • • Clean Air 2500 Ionizers breakdown smoke residue to provide
    clean air in guestrooms.
    Additionally reduces quantity of chemicals sprayed into the air.  


Other Efforts

  • • All printer and toner cartridges are recycled.
  • • Utilized
    used white paper as scrap paper in
    restaurant & kitchen
  • • Contracted
    San Diego Bus & Auto Repair to maintain our fleet of 2 – 14 passenger vans and 2
    – 10 passengers vans
  • • To state mandate
    regulations every 45 days with disposal of all hazardous oils, batteries, tires,
    air filters.


Pretty impressive, right?! Next stop,
entertainment! Of course, we'll be visiting the beautiful museums in
Balboa Park, but what
I'm really excited about is our
Sea World visit.


SeaWorld San Diego’s staff of veterinarians, trainers and animal care
specialists team up with human doctors to help save the life of Dottie,
a bottlenose dolphin suffering from kidney stones.
Not only does
Sea World
work hard on the conservation of animals, but did you know that Sea
World parks recycle more than 50 percent of all their waste, including
animal and construction waste as well as traditional recycled materials?


Here’s a look at SeaWorld San Diego’s recycling efforts:
Every year SeaWorld recycles more than 13 million pounds of manure, paper and
plastic products, metals, greenery, pallets, cooking oil, construction
demolition debris and batteries, in addition to more traditional recyclable
materials. Since 1996, the park has
received San Diego’s Recycler of the Year award 14 times and is a 12-time
recipient of
the prestigious State of California Waste Reduction Awards program..


Since 2007, SeaWorld has hosted seven electronic recycling events for
residents. These free collection events offer a great opportunity for the public
to get
rid of unwanted electronic items — such as TVs, VCRs and computers — while
a positive difference in the environment at the same time. Nearly 275,000 pounds
materials have been collected. These events have also raised more than $27,000
conservation efforts, both local and globally, including habitat preservation,
education and aid for ill, orphaned, injured or stranded animals.




SeaWorld incorporated a variety of “green” initiatives into its newly
constructed Human
Resources building (completed in the fall of 2008) to include the use of
recycled roofing, ceiling tile, drywall and carpet material. The building also
uses low
VOC paints; high efficiency HVAC system; building light timers; and 24 ceiling
(skylights) providing a power-free lighting alternative to reduce electricity
usage for
lighting by nearly 10 percent.
To help encourage greater recycling on the part of guests and employees,
more than doubled the number of recycling bins in the park in 2008 to more that
bins and nearly 50 bins in the staff administration areas.


H20: Reusing a Natural Resource

  • Innovative moisture sensing technology conserves water by factoring in
    plant material type,
    sun exposure, amount of rainfall, and seasonal adjustments when watering. In a
    variety of
    areas throughout the park, Xeriscaping is employed, a technique using
    drought-resistant plants
    that require little or no irrigation such as cactus, agave and junipers.
  • SeaWorld San Diego voluntarily implements programs recognized by the
    Protection Agency as the most acceptable management techniques for handling
    runoff and other environmental issues.
  • SeaWorld San Diego is located on Mission Bay and uses the water from the
    bay to filter
    millions of gallons of water into the park’s many pools and habitats.
    Demonstrating its
    commitment to environmental stewardship, SeaWorld treats the water before it is
    returned to
    Mission Bay. The seawater is filtered and put back in the bay cleaner than it
    was before. Even
    the rainwater and water that is hosed on the pathways at the park is collected
    and filtered
    before it is put in to the bay.
  • SeaWorld San Diego continues to investigate a variety of other initiatives
    aimed at reducing
    the water consumption in the park.


Green Education

The park even has its own Green Team. The team coordinates events in the
park that help
educate employees on environmental issues and provides them with information on
how to
conduct themselves, both in the park and at home, in an environmentally friendly
The park also provides opportunities for employees to volunteer for activities
like beach clean
up, habitat restoration and e-recycling projects.


Check back next week for the full report! More Eco-travel on The Green Girls! 

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