Green Practices for the Hotel and Restaurant Industry for the 2008 Republican National Convention and Beyond was an event co-hosted by GreenGatherings and Hospitality Minnesota, an association representing Minnesota's resorts, campgrounds, hotels and restaurants. The event provided greening resources to MN hospitality business owners.
All food was either locally grown or organic. The main course was a steak provided by a Thousand Hills Cattle Company. The Crowne Plaza was excellent about working with planners to design a local and organic menu. The hotel also had a food-to-hogs program that was in place prior to the event.
The hotel had a food-to-hogs program that was in place prior to the event. Vendors/exhibitors above refers to the event venue.
Bulk cream and sugar containers were used instead of individually wrapped packets. Reusable spoons were also provided instead of disposable stir sticks.
90% of the lighting on the hotel property is fluorescent. Lights, escalators and air-conditioning are also turned off when rooms are not in use. Event venue is powered by renewable energy through St. Paul District Energy.
The menu was probably the biggest success. The Crowne Plaza worked very well with us on developing a menu that was local and organic.
Good - not all presenters abided by the no handouts rule, but for the most part the reception was positive.
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