Monday, 22, April 2024

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Celebrating Earth Day: The Dupont Circle's Commitment to Sustainability

The Dupont Circle, a proud member of The Doyle Collection, are reflecting on our dedication to sustainability.

As Earth Day approaches, we at The Dupont Circle, a proud member of The Doyle Collection, are reflecting on our dedication to sustainability. Nestled in the vibrant heart of Washington, DC's Dupont Circle neighborhood, we believe in operating ethically, with a deep sense of social responsibility towards our environment and community. Sustainability isn't just a buzzword for us; it's a core value that guides every decision we make, from the products we source to the practices we implement.

Empowering Our Team and Sparking Change

At The Dupont Circle, sustainability isn't just a top-down initiative; it's ingrained in our culture. From the moment team members join us, they undergo comprehensive sustainability training as part of their onboarding process. Our commitment is further strengthened by having a dedicated sustainability leader who reports directly to our General Manager and the Group Head of Sustainability. Together, we form a cohesive sustainability team, representing every facet of hotel operations, ensuring that sustainability remains at the forefront of everything we do.

Leading by Example in the Neighborhood

We take pride in being active members of our community. Our General Manager sits on the board of the Dupont Circle BID, where we provide insights and recommendations to advance sustainability efforts in the neighborhood. We believe that by leading by example, we can inspire positive change beyond the walls of our hotel.

Measuring and Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Accountability is key to our sustainability efforts. We meticulously measure our carbon footprint and energy use intensity. By tracking this data year-round, we hold ourselves accountable and strive for improvement. Additionally, our location in Dupont Circle, easily accessible by various modes of public transportation, encourages guests and team members to choose eco-friendly commuting options.

Sustainable Practices in Every Aspect

From our guest rooms to our dining experiences, sustainability permeates every aspect of our operations:

Rooms: We've implemented paperless e-billing and a linen and towel reuse program, reducing waste and conserving resources. Our partnership with Frette ensures luxurious linens produced with the planet in mind, while amenities like paraben-free toiletries and fairtrade, organic coffee from Cru Kafe enhance the guest experience.

Food and Beverage: We prioritize locally sourced produce, vegetarian options, and sustainably managed seafood in our dining offerings. Through innovative solutions like our biodigester from ORCA, we convert food waste into liquid, minimizing our environmental footprint.

Energy and Waste Management: Our commitment to energy efficiency is evident in our LED lighting, energy management systems, and vetting of appliances for efficiency. We've implemented comprehensive recycling programs for various materials, further reducing waste sent to landfills.

Corporate and Social Responsibility: We are deeply committed to our community, actively supporting local charities and initiatives. Last summer, we showcased our dedication by transforming Doyle bar's terrace into a platform for local artists. For every cocktail sold during this event, we donated $1 to the Washington Studio School in Dupont Circle, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to giving back and fostering creativity within our community.

Goals for the Future

As we move forward, we're dedicated to pushing the boundaries of sustainability within our operations. Our focus is on finding innovative ways to reduce our environmental footprint and enhance our sustainability efforts across the board.

Embracing a mindset of continuous improvement, we're committed to exploring new technologies, implementing best practices, and collaborating with partners who share our sustainability values. Our goal is to lead by example in the hospitality industry, demonstrating that sustainable practices can be both feasible and impactful.

Join Us in Making a Difference

This Earth Day and every day, we invite you to join us in making a difference. Whether you're a guest, team member, or member of our community, together, we can create a more sustainable future for generations to come. Thank you for being part of our journey towards a greener, more environmentally conscious world.