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Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center Adds More “Green” Initiatives to its Destination Earth Program for Earth Day

Tarrytown, NY  (March 2009)  As “Earth Day” approaches this year, the Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center is adding more “green” initiatives to its current Destination Earth environmentally-friendly operations. Managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the Tarrytown House joins in the corporate efforts of “preserving the environment, one destination at a time,” with several new techniques geared to protecting the environment.

Most recently, the Tarrytown House began donating used vegetable cooking oil to Westchester County, which converts it into fuel for county-owned vehicles as well as heating fuel. “This is the latest addition to our ‘green’ practices here, and we are happy to be able to provide this to the county and extend the use of this oil,” said Joe Santore, General Manager.

When it comes to conserving water, the Tarrytown House helps to save thousands of gallons of water from the local reservoirs by using its own well on the property for watering its 26 acres. In an effort to conserve natural resources, the Audio Visuals department donates unused flipchart paper and batteries to local non-profit organizations, community organizations and employees. Batteries are replaced at one-third of their original power level, leaving hours of use still available.

The Tarrytown House is also dedicated to saving paper by distributing sales kits electronically. When printed copies are requested, they’re now being printed in a high quality variable digital process rather than the thousands that are printed via traditional offset methods. In addition, the Tarrytown House has committed to printing any sales kits or folders needed on New Leaf Paper© reincarnation matte, consisting of 100% recycled paper that is processed chlorine-free and manufactured with electricity that is offset with Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates.

The conference center has installed energy efficient thermostats in most of its guest rooms, including a motion sensitive unit that automatically resets the room to use less energy when the guest is out of the room. More than 5,000 light bulbs on the property have been replaced with long-life, energy-efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs. Not only do they save energy, but they also have a longer lifespan than old-fashioned bulbs. To complement this, the hotel is setting up a CFL disposal station for employees to ensure safe disposal of these bulbs. As an incentive for employees to continue “green” practices throughout the property, the Tarrytown House will also be raffling off a canvas bag filled with local and organic products.

In terms of recycling, all waste paper from meetings is shredded and recycled. The hotel has added water coolers outside most of its meeting rooms to give the choice of refilling a water bottle rather than taking new bottled water. The number of paper sheets per note pad has also been reduced to cut down on waste..

While the Tarrytown House prides itself on “green” practices, it also works with vendors who share these environmentally-friendly ideas. Allegro Coffee, for example, uses traditional and sustainable growing, harvesting and processing practices, including the use of shade trees, manual weeding, water conservation and organic farming methods.

The culinary team at Tarrytown House is working to constantly obtain more of its food from the Hudson Valley to reduce the carbon footprint of bringing in food from around the world. The Hudson Valley is quickly becoming a regional leader in natural and organic produce, as well as high quality artisan meats, poultry, breads and cheeses. During the spring and summer months, Executive Chef Brian Wieler turns to the property’s own herb garden.

Finally, Tarrytown House's preferred limo and ground transportation company, MTC Limousine, is offsetting 100% of vehicle emissions from its business operations and is an EPA Climate Leader Partner.

Located just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan, The Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center has been certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) as the nation’s first conference center. The Tarrytown House offers a spectacular Lower Hudson Valley lodging and meeting facility that blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Set on 26 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley, the Tarrytown House features impressive 19th Century mansions, as well as a contemporary atrium-style building that houses conference facilities and guest rooms. Perfect for business and leisure, The Tarrytown House offers extensive leisure and recreational facilities such as a fitness club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and tennis courts. For more information, please contact the Tarrytown House at 1-800- 553-8118 or check their Website at www.tarrytownhouseestate.com.

The Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center is one of more than 30 independent, upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. To protect and preserve the unique communities in which the company operates, Destination launched Destination Earth, an environmental sustainability program in 2008. New for 2009 is the 582-room Terranea Resort situated on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in southern California. The 102-acre ocean front resort will feature a 25,000-square-foot destination spa, three swimming pools, three restaurants and a Todd Eckenrode-designed par three golf course. In addition to Terranea in the greater Los Angeles area, Destination operates properties in key metropolitan areas and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Denver, San Diego, Santa Fe, Aspen, Palm Springs, Houston and Lake Tahoe. Destination is a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based investment, development and management firm Lowe Enterprises. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.

Mary T. Prenon
Thompson & Bender
Phone: (914) 762-1900, ext. 25
mary@thompson-bender.com