February 20, 2006

Wind energy to power check-in computers at Fairmont Hotels

CALGARY, ALTA/TORONTO, ONT-Fairmont Hotels and Resorts recently purchased EcoLogo-certified wind power for each of its 249 check-in computers across North America for one year. The transaction was completed through the Alberta-based Pembina Institute, a non-profit environmental organization that started selling wind power certificates over two years ago. A small part of the proceeds goes back to the Institute, whose mandate is "sustainable energy solutions." Michelle White, Fairmont's environmental affairs manager, said, "The purchase of wind power is a continuation of our company's Green Partnership Program that's designed to minimize our impacts on the environment. As well, given the current emphasis on reduced greenhouse gas emissions, it is important for Fairmont to take this logical step and continue to support sustainable technology." More information is available from Marlo Raynolds, executive director of the Pembina Institute, 403/269-3344, ext 113, or Michelle White at Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, 416/874-2415.

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