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
- • Installed a Solidine Energy Management system for public air
conditioning system in meeting
rooms and admin offices which saves approximately 95,922 KWH
- • 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
- • Occupancy Sensor lighting is installed in public restrooms.
- • Installed high efficiency dryers in laundry room saving
approximately 25% less natural gas
- • High
that service guestrooms use approximately
15% less natural gas.
Waste Reduction Efforts
- • 2008 WRAP Award Winner –
Waste Reduction Awards Program – Awarded through California
Management Board, a subsidy of the
California Environmental Protection
- • Clear
and Colored Glass
– 10 Tons
• Cardboard – 28 Tons
- • Tin
Cans & Containers – 2 Tons
• Aluminum Cans – 1 Ton
- • Newspaper
/Magazines/Yellow Pages – 7 Tons
– 3 Tons
- • Grass
- 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.
- • 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,
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
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:
Since 2007, SeaWorld has hosted seven electronic recycling events for
SeaWorld incorporated a variety of “green” initiatives into its newly
Resources building (completed in the fall of 2008) to include the use of
recycled roofing, ceiling tile, drywall and carpet material. The building also
VOC paints; high efficiency HVAC system; building light timers; and 24 ceiling
(skylights) providing a power-free lighting alternative to reduce electricity
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
areas throughout the park, Xeriscaping is employed, a technique using
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.
commitment to environmental stewardship, SeaWorld treats the water before it is
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
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.
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
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!