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The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park Adds ‘Green Meeting’ Option to Conference Services

Ridgeline News: Delaware North Gives Groups the Option of Making Their Meetings and Conferences More Environmentally Conscious

Estes Park, CO & Buffalo, NY – April 2018 / Newsmaker Alert / The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park, the 147-room rustically modern hotel near Rocky Mountain National Park, has announced a new “Green Meetings” initiative to give groups the option of making their meetings and conferences more environmentally conscious.

The Green Meetings initiative will have several components. Groups that choose to participate will be provided sustainable food and beverage options, including reusable, compostable or recyclable serviceware, reusable glassware for refreshment stations and straws being provided only when asked for.

In addition, all food waste will be composted in The Ridgeline’s onsite food digester. Groups will be encouraged to use the hotel’s audio-visual equipment rather than printing paper copies of presentations, and a waste station will be set up to assist guests in sorting recyclable and compostable materials.

For groups that stay overnight at the hotel, guests can participate in The Ridgeline’s popular housekeeping “opt-out” program, which was recently featured in The New York Times.

Guests who choose to opt out of housekeeping services receive a free drink at the hotel’s onsite restaurant, Latitude 105 Alehouse. Rooms at The Ridgeline also feature environmentally friendly amenities such as bulk soap, shampoo and conditioner.

To further enhance environmental sustainability, The Ridgeline will assist groups in securing carpool shuttles to minimize the impact of traveling to and from the airport, and can also advise on local and sustainable food options.

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park is owned and operated by global hospitality company Delaware North. In cooperation with its proprietary stewardship platform, GreenPath, Delaware North leadership piloted the Green Meetings program last month at an 80-person conference held at The Ridgeline. Guests achieved a 90 percent diversion rate, making the conference a Zero Waste event (as defined by the U.S. Zero Waste Building Council).

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park features more than 20,000-square-feet of versatile indoor and outdoor conference, meeting and banquet space that can accommodate up to 1,000 guests and is attached to The Estes Park Conference Center. The hotel, previously known as the Rocky Mountain Park Inn, was acquired by Delaware North in November 2016 and underwent extensive interior renovations before reopening for guests in May 2017.

The property is located a few miles from both the Beaver Meadows and Fall River entrance stations to Rocky Mountain National Park. Rocky Mountain National Park is the nation’s third most visited national park, drawing more than four million visitors annually. Estes Park is the primary gateway community to the park, with 80 percent of the park’s visitors traveling through its entrance gates. The park stretches more than 415 square miles, encompassing spectacular mountain environments and more than 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers and wildlife.
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