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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Charlotte Green Meetings

From Charlotte Observer's Charlottesgotalot:

Let us help you plan an Eco-conscious meeting – in Charlotte, it's easy to meet, eat and stay green.

Concerned about your group’s carbon footprint? The Charlotte Green Team, an alliance of hospitality and tourism professionals, is dedicated to helping you plan an eco-conscious meeting without sacrificing on luxury, function or convenience.

Charlotte’s Green Hotels & Resorts

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge proves its commitment to energy efficiency and conservation with the limited use of fertilizers and pesticides, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, an Audubon International-certified Golf Club and a menu filled with local produce and meats.
The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte defines sustainable luxury. Rooftop plants and beehives, employee uniforms made of fabric derived from regenerated plastic bottle materials, a Bike Valet and an electric vehicle charging station are just a few of the green amenities.
The LEED-certified Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne is set along the golf greens in Ballantyne Corporate Park. Any attendees arriving in electric vehicles can plug right into the electric charging stations.
In addition to recycling, The Westin Charlotte uses energy-efficient lighting, water conserving fixtures and biodegradable packaging. Guests can choose sustainable food and beverage options and green housekeeping. Hybrid cars are available through the hotel’s on-site car rental agency.

Green Space at the Charlotte Convention Center

The Charlotte Convention Center has substantial recycling programs and energy-saving initiatives. It also uses environmentally friendly cleaning products, biodegradable food-service products made from corn and equipment that uses fewer chemicals and less water. Across the street from the convention center, attendees can get some fresh air as they stroll the artsy manicured park known as “The Green.” Read more about the Charlotte Convention Center's green initiatives.

Eat Fresh, Eat Local

Charlotte’s Harvest Moon Grille is the epitome of farm to table dining. With the exception of shrimp and fish, the food comes from community growers and the ingredients come from small, independently owned farms within 100 miles of Charlotte. Meats and eggs are antibiotic and hormone free. Breads, pastas, dressings and many of the cheeses are made in-house.
Fern, Flavors from the Garden embraces the local-eating trend with a fervor. Menu items at this cozy vegetarian restaurant range from the expected (like veggie burgers) to the awe-inspiring (like squash blossom hushpuppies).
Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth celebrates artisanal farms, dairies and wineries from the Carolinas. The seasonal dining experience brings farmhouse chic to life.

Green Transportation & Tours

Getting around Charlotte is green, too. Attendees can’t miss the bright green fleet of hybrid-electric Sprinter buses that connect Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Uptown. And every 10 minutes, the congestion-free, environmentally friendly LYNX Blue Line light rail runs from South Boulevard at I-485 to Center City, with 15 stops in between.
Charlotte NC Tours explores the Queen City’s most popular destinations in eco-friendly fashion via Segway or bicycle tours. After a day of meetings, attendees will definitely appreciate the three-hour pub crawl, one of the company’s more popular tours.
For more information, contact the Charlotte Green Team.