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As an innovative research nation that
also has the Alps at its backdoor,
Switzerland's view of sustainability
history of the Plains Indians at the Sid Richardson Museum
and end the day with authentic Turkish cuisine at the Flying
Environmental conservation is also a priority of the city,
and groups will find much to do at the LEED Platinum-certified
Botanical Research Institute of Texas, whose atrium has
seen more than a few events. The institute's sprawling living roof,
modeled after a native ecosystem, makes it a success story in itself,
while the Herbarium holds more than a million plants and groups
can learn about some of them during horticulture workshops,
or pop on by next year during the International Wine Awards,
acknowledging sustainable winemakers.
Across Forth Worth development abounds, whether the
transformation of the Trinity River area which will connect local
neighborhoods, museums, cafes, entertainment and shopping to
the river, the new 14,000-seat Dickies Arena, which will
offer close to 87,000 sf of meeting space when it opens in
2019, or the addition of 4,000 new rooms, also set for
completion in 2019.
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As one of the world's most innovative research nations that also has
11 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the Alps at its backdoor,
Switzerland's view of sustainability is all-encompassing. Whether
exploring the medieval Old Town of Berne and artistically innovative
Lugano, experiencing the rebirth of Zurich-West, a former industrial
quarter of the city which is now a trendy nightlife area, or rolling up their
sleeves for an environmental CSR program, attendees can bask in the
country's green vibe however they choose.
In Switzerland, shared value between destinations and hotels
creates a blank canvas for sustainability, whether through giveback
and human development programs or a forward-thinking approach to
growth. The country-wide "Water for All" campaign has at its center a
collective of hotels that participate in water conservation programs. At
the Wellness- & Spa-Hotel Ermitage in the south of Switzerland,
one Swiss franc is donated to UNICEF for each carafe of spring water
sold, enabling the installation of water pumps in villages that suffer from
drought. Hotel Valbella Inn in the east also donates half of every carafe
purchase (two francs) to the UNICEF project "Water, Source of Life,"
which helps children with medical issues related to water shortages.
The Widder Hotel in Zurich has a simple "drink and donate"
water program, and the Manotel Hotel Group's decision to limit
water consumption at six of its hotels, including Hotel Auteuil and
Hotel Jade in Geneva, may be the boldest move yet. All funds
saved from the simple act of limiting guest room towels has fully
funded participation for students in the WWF's "Explore" program,
an immersive conservation experience in developing countries.
More than 80 hotels and restaurants also provide training and