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Fairmont going dark to shed light on climate change


The Fairmont Orchid has confirmed its participation in Earth Hour 2012, a global environmental awareness event organized by the World Wildlife Fund.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday March 31, more than 60 of Fairmont’s landmark hotels and resorts around the planet will participate by turning off their lights for one hour – Earth Hour – and in doing so will reinforce the company’s pioneering commitment to operational sustainability and help draw further attention to one of the world’s single largest environmental issues: Climate Change.

The AAA Four Diamond award winning Brown’s Beach House will utilize tea lights instead of electric votives and will feature sustainable fish and proteins paired with farm fresh produce.

The Fairmont Orchid mixologists will be on hand mixing cocktails from fruits and vegetables grown in the resort’s herb garden. Dinner specials made from local organic produce will be offered in Norio’s
Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar as well as Luana Lounge.

Complimentary stargazing will also be offered with local astronomer Wayne Fukunaga and his team from Star Gaze Hawaii. The Island of Hawaii, amongst the most isolated areas of land on the planet, is well suited for stargazing and many of the world’s top observatories are located atop the well-known Mauna Kea, a short two hours’ drive from the resort.

Guests are encouraged to join in on the Earth Hour celebration by turning off any lights in their guest rooms and colleagues are asked to celebrate Earth Hour by turning their lights off at home.

The Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii is an active participant in Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ Green partnership program. A wide range of programs are in place from support for local, sustainable agriculture through innovative partnerships with farmers, growers and distributors to ongoing water quality monitoring of the oceanfront Pauoa Bay through a cooperative grant with the University of Hawaii at Hilo Marine Sciences Department.

The employee-driven Green Committee actively seeks new ways to minimize the hotel’s impact on the fragile island eco-system by reducing waste i.e., offering canvas bags for groceries, sourcing energy-efficient lighting; recycling and water use reduction with linen exchange programs.

The resort also donates its cafeteria food wastes to a local pig farmer.

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