Over the past decade or so, sustainability has been at the forefront of workplace initiatives. But that shouldn’t just be a focus in the workplace itself – businesses should strive to ensure that they are engaging in sustainability practices even when traveling for conventions, corporate retreats and meetings alike. Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has some excellent destinations to host meetings, retreats and events without compromising on sustainability practices.
Hotel Valley Ho – Scottsdale, Arizona
Located in historic Old Town Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho focuses on protecting the environment, saving energy and conserving resources. At Hotel Valley Ho, meeting goers can choose from 20,000 square feet of outdoor space and 13,000 square feet of indoor event space which also includes the only rooftop venue with 360-degree views of Scottsdale. A few sustainable practices that the resort focuses on include green-certified cleaning agents for housekeeping, energy-efficient light bulbs and dual-pane glass to reduce energy usage. Plus, Chef’s herb garden provides ingredients for dishes at ZuZu and the hotel participates in the ‘Adopt-A-Road’ program where employees remove trash along Scottsdale’s motorways.
Riverhouse on the Deschutes – Bend, Oregon
Groups can opt to stay at Riverhouse on the Deschutes where they will find more than 41,000 square feet of space available for a conference in the properties Silver LEED-certified Convention Center. The convention space allows Riverhouse on the Deschutes to accommodate large conferences with events, meetings, meals, trade shows and breakout sessions while still maintaining sustainable practices. For those looking to relax after a day of meetings, Drift Spa features clean and sustainable treatments, and the banquet kitchen features a composting program.
Landsdowne – Leesburg, Virginia
When it comes to green meetings and corporate event venues in Northern Virginia, Lansdowne in Leesburg is a true standout. The onsite conference services team is committed to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources, while also reducing the resort’s carbon footprint. A few practices to note include resort-wide recycling programs, complimentary car charging stations, locally sourced ingredients (even from the resort’s own property), sustainable wines and organic teas, plus a year-round Hydroponic growing station offering the culinary team fresh herbs for the perfect finishing touch to their creations.
Texas A&M Hotel & Conference Center – College Station, Texas
Whether you’re planning a conference or a presentation, a reception or a retreat, or any event in between, Texas A&M Hotel & Conference Center is committed to environmentally conscious practices. With a focus on finding energy solutions to lessen the property’s impact on the environment, the hotel invests in environmentally friendly technologies and renewable energy sources that achieve operational efficiencies through the sourcing of recyclable materials. Examples include minimizing waste when it comes to dining and conserving energy. Also, the ‘Choose to Reuse’ towel program encourages guests to consider reusing their towels to help aid in water and energy conservation.