Green Globe Certifies Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle

Green Globe Certifies Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
July 19, 2012, 10:00 am ET

Los Angeles, CA – Green Globe announces certification of the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle. Since its opening five years ago, the property has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of operational efficiency and globally responsible practices on multiple levels.

“Pan Pacific Hotel is thrilled to be one of the first US hotels to earn the prestigious Green Globe Certification’” said Pan Pacific General Manager Sam Johnson. “This achievement would not be possible without our team members’ ongoing commitment to our PanEarth program and its guiding principles of caring for our guests, community and planet.”

In North America, Pan Pacific Seattle’s PanEarth sustainability program drives the property’s conservation efforts with significant benefits to the business and an enhanced experience for hotel guests. The zero-impact policy encourages guests to support a carbon-neutral stay and to minimize their environmental footprint. Guests can purchase a credit for the generation of clean wind energy. The hotel matches all donations towards renewable energy credits, with 10% of total proceeds going to beneficiaries at Food Lifeline, a local non-profit organization for hunger relief. Working with Seattle-based OneEnergy Renewables, the hotel offers a number of options for carbon-neutral meetings and events.

Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle’s award-winning PanEarth sustainability program was created in January 2011 and has since raised more than $15K for various local charitable organizations and collected or donated more than 8,000 pounds of food. Between its biodegradable key cards and front desk staff uniforms made of recycled bottles, sanitizing of guest soap for relief efforts through Clean The World, and staff-wide community volunteer days, the hotel is dedicated to reducing its environmental impact. Partnering with EverGreen Escapes Cascadia, the property offers PanEarth Escapes, local day tours in luxury bio-fuel vehicles to nearby attractions such as Woodinville Boutique Wine Trail, Seattle Brews & Views, Mt. Rainier National Park and the San Juan Islands.

Green Globe Certification’s CEO, Guido Bauer, said, “We are extremely pleased to certify the Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle. I am impressed with the achievements through the PanEarth program, which sets benchmarks for environmental efforts in the North American hotel industry. The hotel recently launched a PanEarth Ambassador program, which empowers any staff member to become certified to conduct a back-of-the-house tour of the property that showcases its positive social and environmental impact.”

About Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle
Situated in the heart of Seattle’s burgeoning South Lake Union neighborhood, yet still in walking distance of all that downtown has to offer, Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle features 153 superbly appointed guest rooms with 23 suites; each with views of the city, Lake Union or the Space Needle. Pan Pacific offers a full suite of technology tools for business and leisure travelers, with sustainable practices throughout the guest rooms, meeting spaces, and in the community as a part of its PanEarth Sustainability Program. The hotel is part of the exclusive 2200 Westlake Plaza, affording guests a 4,200 sq. ft. fitness center, the luxurious Vida Spa, Zagat-rated Seastar Restaurant & Raw Bar, Tutta Bella restaurant, Starbucks, Whole Foods Market, and several other fine retailers. For more information or to make reservations, visit panpacific.com/seattle or call 877-324-4856.

About Green Globe Certification
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information visit www.greenglobe.com

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