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'Green Opportunities' Drawing

Reward your green staying power! At the end of our day together, you could win one of our drawing prizes for a 2-night stay at a fabulous green hotel in L.A. or San Francisco!

Hotel Palomar (Los Angeles)

Hotel Palomar

The Hotel Palomar brings Kimpton's award-winning environmentally responsible practices to Los Angeles. Hotel Palomar Los Angeles incorporates more than 40 eco-friendly practices into its daily operations. Among them are in-room recycling bins; energy-efficient lighting; water-efficient fixtures; toiletries made from natural ingredients by earth-friendly manufacturers; organic food and beverage options in its mini-bars; and a restaurant that follows the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch's sustainable seafood guidelines. In recognition of these and other efforts, the California Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded Kimpton its most prestigious ecological honor, the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, which goes to businesses that focus on preserving the state's resources. EarthCare, Kimpton's company-wide environmentally friendly program, includes protocols that preserve water, energy, land and air without sacrificing service, style or comfort.

Further information may be found on their website at: www.hotelpalomar-lawestwood.com.

The Orchard Garden Hotel (San Francisco)

Ochard Garden Hotel

The Orchard Garden Hotel was the first California hotel awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Orchard Garden was the third hotel in the U.S. and fourth in the world with this certification. The 86-room boutique hotel is set in the heart of San Francisco-just one block from Union Square, steps away from the Chinatown gate and around the corner from the Financial District.

LEED Certification was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community. From the building's framework and construction practices, to guest room and public space lighting and decor, to housekeeping, the Orchard Garden Hotel boasts environmentally sustainable practices that are unmatched in the hospitality industry. Eco-friendly construction materials include concrete made with fly ash, a byproduct of recycling coal, and wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as harvested in a sustainable manner. One environmentally sustainable building practice used during construction diverted debris from landfill disposal by redirecting recyclable material back to the manufacturing process.

More information may be found at www.theorchardgardenhotel.com.