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HAI Celebrates "Green Week" 5th - 10th June 2010

On the 5th of June 2010 that is the "World Environment Day" this year, Hotel Association of India launched the 13th Green Week Celebrations at all its member hotels.

On each day of the week starting from the 5th of June through till 10th June 2010, the member hotels did it all to show their commitment to Environment Protection - greening of their lobbies , helping their gardeners, wearing green ribbons and flags, displaying banners and posters, canvas writing, planting trees, shutting off air conditioners for an hour each day of the week, organizing cleaning drives and more.

Complete Involvement by refreshing the importance of the Saving the Mother Earth amongst guests, associates , vendors and the community at large through competitions, workshops, environment walks, screening of movies and giving green gifts has become an integral part of the annual celebrations and was undertaken with sincerity and enthusiasm this year as well.

While each and every effort counts, a few have been highlighted.A significant drive this year was the cleaning of the Jalmahal by the Trident Hotel in Jaipur.

The Taj Environment Walk and the distribution of Taj Eco stickers by the Jaimahal Palace Hotel in Jaipur were well received by the pink city and found many supporters among motorists and walkers alike.

Amaltaas seeds and potted jade plants were gifted by The Jai Mahal Palace in Jaipur while jute bags were distributed in large numbers at a nominal price of Rs.10 per bag at the Hotel Taj President in Mumbai.T-shirts carrying the message "Many Species- One Planet-One Future" were distributed freely to the associates at the same property.

A unique element in this year's Celebrations was added by Hotels Trident Bandra Kurla ; Trident Jaipur, the Taj President Mumbai and Hotel Jai Mahal Palace Jaipur.The four hotels served a "green lunch" to all its employees .While the buffet lunch served on the 5th of June at the Trident Jaipur brought home the importance of zero food wastage, the Green Lunch at Trident Bandra and Taj President had green dishes .The lunch at Jai Mahal Palace was prepared by using Organic Herbs from the hotel’s Herb Garden .

A poem titled "Go Green" was written by Abhyudaya Verma of the F&B Service at Hotel Trident Jaipur. It stresses the fragility of the Earth and the damaging impact of human action on it.

Movies screened included "Story of Stuff" and "2012".

While we would love to detail the activities at close to 300 inspired member hotels that participated in the celebrations, we can only produce a snap shot of some green moments at a few of the member hotels as follows.

13th "Green Week" Celebrations at HAI 5th - 10th June 2010

Green Displays

"Show your concern" Canvas at Hotel Taj President Mumbai

"The Winning Poster at the Oberoi Bangalore"

"The Trident Bandra Kurla shows the way"

Green Meals - Food for Thought

"Zero Food Wastage" at the Special meal at The Trident Jaipur

"The Green Thali" at Hotel Taj President Mumbai

"Lunch prepared using herbs from hotel’s own Organic Garden at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur"

Green Gifts – Show it with a smile and a gift

"Many Species - One Planet- One Future" T-shirts for all at The Taj President, Mumbai

"Chinese lucky plant- jade gifted in recycled paper bags at Hotel Jai Mahal Palace Jaipur

"Bag it in Jute" Jute Bags distributed to Associates at The Taj President, Mumbai

"Amaltaas Seeds with Environment Day letters to the guests of Hotel Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur.

Green Drives

"Save the Earth for Us" - children join in to plant trees at the Trident, Agra

" The Team from Oberoi Bangalore joins Landry Baggett of Dell after planting a Hibiscus plant ".

"Trident Jaipur Team spruces up the Jalmahal"

"Taj Eco-Stickers" drive by Hotel Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur

"Walking the Talk" -Staff of JaiMahal Palace at the Environment Day Walk

"Make it Count" Highest collectors of plastic waste felicitated at Taj President, Mumbai

"The more the Greener" – Jai Mahal Palace Hotel, Jaipur plants 50 saplings

"Greening the Supply Chain" Jai Mahal Palace shows the way to its vendors at a workshop

"Helping the Gardeners" Trident Jaipur team pitches in