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The Carolina Inn Recycles Majority of Renovation Construction Debris

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (August 2013) – The Carolina Inn, recent recipient of coveted Gold Status as part of the new TripAdvisor® GreenLeaders™ program, continued its environmentally-friendly practices during the recent renovation.

The historic hotel partnered with Choate Construction to reduce landfill waste and recycle more than 164 tons of construction debris. Of the almost 176 tons of debris collected during the renovation process, 93.4 percent was recovered for recycling. 

The Carolina Inn has undergone seven major renovations in its storied 89-year history, and each has left its own distinct stamp on the beloved hotel, but in many ways this 4.5-year renovation is the most comprehensive and most exciting. Along with completely remodeling the guestrooms and extensively renovating the function rooms and public areas, much of the Inn’s infrastructure has also been updated. 

The Carolina Inn embraces the need to preserve the environment and is committed to reducing its impact on the Earth’s natural resources while maintaining a superior guest experience. Upon recent completion its renovation, the Inn’s sustainability and efficiency are greatly improved, while still maintaining the historical charm and elegance for which The Carolina Inn is known.

The historic hotel implemented more than 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.

It is the hotel’s firm belief that everyone benefits from sustainable business practices, and the staff takes pride in all of its efforts to preserve and protect the environment.

Below is a sample of some of the environmental initiatives the Inn has already undertaken, as well as some developments it has underway, all aimed at improving the Inn’s sustainability and efficiency today and well into the future.

• Energy-efficient light bulbs wherever possible
• Low VOC paint to improve indoor environmental air quality
• Wool corridor carpet, produced under strict environmentally-conscious guidelines and fully recyclable
• Luxurious bathmats made from bamboo yarns
• 100% organic cotton bed linen
• Natural and organic bathroom amenities in containers produced from post-consumer recycled materials
• Partially-used guest amenities donated to “Clean the World” which distributes recycled soap to impoverished countries
• Environmentally-sound cleaning products
• Linen and terry reuse program to minimize consumption of water and chemicals
• Cotton terry towels stocked in public restrooms in place of disposable paper products
• A laundry ozone system to reduce energy and chemical consumption
• Food and beverage menus guided by principles of sustainability, incorporating local and regional produce and perishable goods
• Extensive composting program that reduces waste by four tons every month and returns usable material to the earth
• Complimentary daily newspapers in the hotel lobby eliminate the need to discard the many unused newspapers that used to be in front of every door
• Property-wide recycling program, including guestrooms, of all recyclable material
• Dual flush toilets in all public restrooms to conserve water

Its newly renovated guestrooms have extra features that further expand the Inn’s efforts to be responsible and conscientious of its impact on the environment.
• Many pieces of guestroom furniture were constructed from raw materials managed through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative
• Guestroom fabrics treated with an environmentally friendly stain treatment that is recyclable and has MBDC environmental certification
• Guestroom pillows and upholstery filled with soy-based polyfoam
• Mattresses made from bamboo fibers and soy products and are 99% recyclable
• Mattresses manufactured by Kingsdown in North Carolina, reducing carbon emissions during delivery
• Guestroom carpet made from 25% post-consumer recycled materials and produced under strict environmental guidelines; the entire carpet is fully recyclable
• Dual-flush guestroom toilets to conserve water

About The Carolina Inn
Built on the campus of UNC Chapel Hill in 1924 by John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and University trustee – The Carolina Inn’s original concept was “to provide for the special wants and comforts of the University alumni...and University visitors.” The historical Carolina Inn features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Carolina Crossroads Restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2013 Four Diamond ratings, marking the 16th consecutive hotel honor and 11th straight restaurant recognition.  This is also the 13th straight year that Carolina Crossroads has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Guide).

About Destination Hotels & Resorts
Destination Hotels & Resorts is the country’s fourth largest hospitality management company with a portfolio of extraordinary resorts and hotels that span the nation, from exhilarating alpine adventures to stunning beachfronts to vibrant urban destinations. Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013, Destination manages 40 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, each offering authentic, enriching experiences for the discerning traveler. The company’s award-winning collection features 113 unique restaurants, lounges and bars, 18 golf courses, 17 full-service spas and six IACC certified conference centers. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in premier locales in metropolitan and resort markets including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Maui, Phoenix, Santa Fe, Aspen, Vail, Lake Tahoe, Seattle, Denver and San Diego. Headquartered in Colorado, the privately owned company is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises and the Lowe Hospitality Group.  For more information on Destination Hotels & Resorts, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.