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Airlie Center Reinforces Environmental Commitment During Earth Week Celebration



Airlie Center Reinforces Environmental Commitment During Earth Week Celebration

Warrenton, VA—Airlie Center, a pioneer among sustainable and green conference centers, is celebrating Earth Day 2013 all week long with activities and events that raise environmental consciousness and reaffirm Airlie’s already significant commitment to protect the Earth’s natural resources.

“Airlie’s Earth Week celebration is an opportunity to promote and remember our dedication to sustainable practices. Our commitme‚Äčnt to the environment isn’t something we just say or do, it’s in the fabric of who we are,” said Airlie General Manager Kevin Carter. “For that reason, every day is Earth Day at Airlie.” The protection of natural resources at Airlie dates back to the Center’s inception in 1961. An intrinsic part of the founding vision of Airlie was “to provide a gathering place for the creative exchange of ideas that would drive the collective action required to preserve the Earth’s natural resources.”

Airlie can also proudly boast that Earth Day itself traces its roots back to the Center. In 1969, U.S. Senator and Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson first introduced the concept for a day of awareness to a group of students participating in a conference at Airlie Center. That led to the celebration of the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. In 1993, Senator Nelson returned to Airlie to commemorate Earth Day’s 23rd anniversary by planting Airlie’s Earth Day tree, which still grows on the Center’s grounds.

Airlie Center’s commitment to sustainability goes well beyond the trends that are now practiced in the hotel and lodging industry. One of the specialized approaches that the Center employs on a year-round basis is mowing management, which protects natural wildlife habitats by mowing only the areas used by guests and staff. Airlie also makes its own compost on-site from food scraps provided by Airlie’s kitchen, which helps to keep thousands of pounds of garbage out of landfills each year and provides fertilizer for Airlie’s four-acre organic garden. Further, with such an expansive campus, Airlie has committed to using more eco-friendly transportation options on and around the property, including hybrid vehicles for transporting guests, an electric vehicle (EV) charging station for guest use, electric golf carts for use by maintenance and housekeeping staff and small, fuel efficient vehicles to replace the use of trucks or SUV’s wherever possible.

Earth Week activities are planned and executed by Airlie’s Green Team, a group of Airlie employees from all departments who work year-round to maintain the delicate balance between the environment and the Center’s operations. Earth Week events are open to both employees and guests alike, and began with a ceremonial raising of the Earth Day flag on Monday morning. Celebrations continue throughout the week with activities that include green Olympics, environmental trivia, a recycled art contest, gardening volunteer opportunities, roadway litter collection and an open house event at Airlie’s Local Food Project.

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