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Earth Day at The Carolina Inn

The Carolina Inn Announces April 22nd Earth Day Initiatives

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (April 13, 2009) - The historic Carolina Inn is committed to providing a superior guest experience while reducing its impact on the Earth's natural resources and announces the following April 22 Earth Day endeavors:

  • Give all guests a seeded paper bookmark. Guests can take these home and plant in their backyards.
  • Highlight all organic and local products on various restaurant menus.
  • Allow hybrid vehicles to park for free on April 22.

• Host a small electronics recycling drive that is open to all hotel guests and the community. Bring in small broken or unused electronics such as cell phones, pagers, laptops, cameras, batteries, etc., and the Carolina Inn will take care of sending the items to Orange County and UNC recycling centers or donating them to a shelter/nonprofit organization if the item is still usable.

We are working on receiving a donation of small trees from a local nursery to give away to guests who bring items to our recycling drive
In recognition of the need to preserve the world in which they operate and serve guests, the Carolina Inn and other Destination Hotels & Resorts members are dedicated to practices and programs that pay respect to, and lessen our footprint on, our changing environment.
The Carolina Inn is already hard at work implementing green practices into its daily operations.

  • Energy Conservation

Fluorescent bulbs are used in all 184 guest bedrooms, which use about 75 percent less energy than standard light bulbs. Thermostats are adjusted seasonally.

  • Water Conservation

All public area restrooms are equipped with sensor toilets, minimizing water flow. In addition, water efficient shower heads have been installed in all guest rooms. A towel and bed linen reuse program is available upon guests' request. The housekeeping department uses a patented aqua-fusion laundry system that customizes the amount of ozone delivered to each washer. The system reduces hot water usage and overall water use by 30%, decreases energy expenses, shortens wash cycles and reduces linen replacement costs.

  • Waste Management

A recycling program is in effect for the entire hotel including sleeping rooms, meeting space and service areas (recycling paper, plastic, glass, aluminum cans and cardboard). The office paper used by the administration staff has 35 percent recycled content.

  • Environmentally Preferred Cleaning Supplies

The housekeeping department uses Green Seal cleaning products
Destination Hotels & Resorts has created a "Destination Earth" taskforce, comprised of leaders throughout the organization and representing hotel and resort operations, to ensure that all departments and associates of Destination Hotels & Resorts are personally involved and committed to the program. It has already put in place the following initiatives which each of its properties, including the Carolina Inn, have made a commitment to pursuing:

  • Establishment of a property specific "green team" at each Destination property nationwide, to adopt and implement earth-friendly practices and to become better stewards of the natural resources we utilize. Finally, to monitor effectiveness of these practices.
  • Sourcing environmentally sensitive products and services locally, and purchasing organic, environmentally friendly/responsible and recycled supplies, whenever possible.
  • Purchasing fresh, and sustainable foods locally grown, whenever possible.
  • Creating partnerships with other organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to preserving the environment.
  • Leading our associates to apply eco-friendly practices in their daily operations.
  • Utilizing environmentally-responsible building materials and strategies for new properties and renovations to reduce environmental impact.
  • Retrofitting existing properties with energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, as well as water-saving devices.
  • Implementing tools that allow us to continually measure the progress of our individual properties and support their commitment to preserving the environment through the "Destination Earth" program.

About The Carolina Inn
Recognized as one of America's "cultural resources worthy of preservation," The Carolina Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with elite status as a AAA Four Diamond Award Hotel and Mobil Four Star Award-Winning Dining at the Carolina Crossroads Restaurant. From the day it opened in 1924, the 184-room Inn has played an important role in the life of the University of North Carolina and the Chapel Hill community. As one of only four hotels in North Carolina built before 1925 to remain in continuous operation, it has long been one of the most popular sites in North Carolina for special events, weddings, business meetings, and academic conferences with over 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. In addition to having a rich cultural history, The Carolina Inn is architecturally significant, blending elements of antebellum Southern plantation houses with Georgian and neoclassical features often found in the Northeast. The original front of the building was modeled after the Potomac River front of Mt. Vernon.  The Carolina Inn is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.