The Expert: Sustainability Makes Double Sense

The Hotel Palomar Dallas, a Kimpton hotel, demonstrates a conscious commitment to the environment, as well as a strong business case for sustainability. Like other properties owned by Behringer Harvard, including the Hotel Palomar Los Angeles Westwood, it employs energy and water conservation, recycling, green cleaning and the use of environmentally sensitive materials and finishes. Also among its best practices are paper conservation, including paperless checkin and checkout; washable mugs in the guest rooms; copy machines that default to double-sided printing; and washable napkins. Motion sensors and energy-efficient lighting reduce energy consumption. Non-toxic products are used for cleaning and maintenance whenever possible.The Hotel Palomar Dallas also enables guests to do their share in helping the environment. They can conserve energy, water and detergent by requesting fresh linens less frequently during their stay. Guest rooms feature fair-trade coffee, organic selections in the honor bar, designer recycling bins and personal care products like eco-friendly shampoos and conditioners.An EarthCare Meetings Package facilitates conferences that are kinder to the environment: Conservation tips and the meeting agenda are printed on paper that can then be planted to produce wildflowers. Foods and beverages are fresh, organic and locally grown. The hotel also donates a portion of the proceeds to Kimpton’s EarthCare partner, the Trust for Public Land.Palomar employees also keep the momentum going. An employee-designated ecology committee publishes a monthly newsletter and promotes eco-awareness.Behringer Harvard believes that these programs, as well as similar sustainability practices at its other hotels, have reduced operational costs, enhanced the quality of guest experiences and positioned us to do our part in conserving the earth’s resources.Michele Langenberg is Director of Sustainability for Behringer Harvard.