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Washington, DC’s major facilities are among the most environmentally friendly in the U.S. The Walter E. Washington Convention Center has energy-reducing features and recycling programs. The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center practices environmentally preferable purchasing. Nationals Park, which can host events, was America’s first LEED-certified ballpark. The nation’s capital has a full slate of hotels, unique sites, caterers and services that will keep your meeting eco-friendly.
Many venues have gotten creative: the Newseum’s rubber floors are made from recycled tires. Despite being thousands of miles from Stockholm, House of Sweden has a water filtration system to eliminate plastic bottle waste, and it offers attendees bikes and pedicab rides.
Vendors who make a difference
Vendors are also eco-conscious. Geppetto Catering, Occasions Caterers, Design Cuisine and Windows Catering Company are Green Restaurant Association-certified. Ridgewells Catering, part of EPA’s Green Power Partnership, buys renewable energy credits. In terms of getting around, Fleet Transportation, TMS, EnviroRide, Zipcar and car2go have maintenance and emission reduction programs.
Hotels leading the way
Many DC hotels are LEED-certified, including the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. All DC-area Kimpton Hotels are Green Seal-certified. As part of its Destination Earth taskforce, the parent company of Embassy Suites Hotel at Chevy Chase Pavilion retrofitted the property to increase energy efficiency and save water.
The Fairmont Washington, DC, Georgetown boasts a roof-to-table restaurant, Juniper, which sources ingredients from its rooftop honey bee farm.
Destination DC supports corporate social responsibility. Contact us for ways to reduce the carbon footprint of your event or to learn about group volunteering opportunities.