All properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection have implemented over 100 environmental initiatives since the inception of the Destination Earth® program in January 2008. The eco-friendly program elements include decreasing energy and water usage, reducing waste, increasing recycling and composting, and purchasing local and organic food and beverages when possible.
Additionally, a Green Meetings program was launched throughout all properties in late 2009 in an effort to maximize waste diversion from meetings and conferences and to increase overall environmental awareness among hotel guests.
Hamilton Park Initiatives
Hamilton Park has received a Gold Tier Green Star certification from the International Association of Conference Centers for adherence to the IACC Code of Sustainability.
The rigorous IACC Code of Sustainability includes 59 tenets in the following areas:
- Education, Awareness and Public Declaration
- Waste Management
- Water Conservation
- Energy Management
- Air Quality
- Food & Beverage
In an effort to save water and plastic, we've come up with a number of initiatives. While we have bottled water at each meeting place setting, we encourage meeting attendees to use our Poland Spring® water cooler for refills during breaks. Of course, your bottle in the meeting rooms will be replaced with a fresh bottle when empty, which is why we've also created... --- A coaster, which doubles as a water 'preserver' so that our conference services staff doesn't replace your water bottles before you're ready.
All waste paper left behind from meetings as well as all of our office waste is collected, and placed in locked shredder boxes. We do this to both ensure our client's privacy, as well as to recycle all of that paper.
We installed a 'rooftop economizer' which uses outside air to cool meeting rooms. So for example, it may be cool outside, but 200 people in a meeting room generates enough heat that air conditioning is needed to cool the room down. The Economizer pulls in the outdoor air to cool the room, rather than have a compressor kick on which uses quite a bit more energy.
Guest Room Amenities
We've switched our bathroom amenities to Ecossential Elements® bath products... made with organic natural ingredients
We've replaced 5,000 light bulbs with long life energy efficient compact fluorescents. Every compact florescent saves 450 pounds of emissions from a power plant over its lifetime!* They also live up to 10x longer than old fashioned bulbs, so that's a whole lot less dead light bulbs in the garbage!
We recycle all newspapers, cardboard boxes, plastic and glass.
We don't just recycle newspapers, cardboard boxes, plastic and glass, we're now working with Clean the World to recycle soap, conditioner, shampoo and lotion, including both the bottles and products.
In an effort to help our employees get to work efficiently, and economically and with less cars on the road, we've participated in "New Jersey Wheels," a shared ride service. Our involvement in this program won us state-wide recognition by New Jersey Transit as one of the premier companies in New Jersey.