A group of London Hilton hotels plan to mark Earth Hour 2012 from 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, March 31, 2012 as people and organisations around the world turn off their lights in support of action on global climate change.
London Hilton on Park Lane, The Waldorf Hilton, Hilton London Metropole, Hilton London Tower Bridge, Hilton London Canary Wharf and many of the more than 3,800 hotels that are part of the Hilton Worldwide portfolio of brands are expected to take part in the event that will mobilize more than one billion people worldwide.
Earth Hour will be celebrated at these hotels through a variety of activities including:
London Hilton on Park Lane
· Podium restaurant will be selling organic cupcakes, from which £0.50 will be donated to the Hilton in the Community Foundation charity for every cupcake sold between Thursday 29th March – Monday 2nd April
· Trader Vic’s restaurant will limit the use of gas by using their wood-fired ovens
· Galvin at Windows will serve organic wines and use organic ingredients where possible
Perfectly located on prestigious Park Lane and boasting superb 360⁰ views of the capital, the hotel offers a combination of contemporary and classic rooms over 28 floors. The Michelin starred Galvin at Windows Restaurant & Bar is located on the 28th floor with seasonally inspired modern French haute cuisine and classic cocktails with a twist.
The Waldorf Hilton
· Homage Grand Salon restaurant will host a candlelit dinner from 17h30 and 22h30
· Good Godfreys bar will serve its impressive range of cocktails by candlelight between 20h30 and 21h30
· External Hilton sign and roof lights will be switched off
Situated on the verdant, tree-lined thoroughfare of Aldwych, in the heart of the theatre district, the Waldorf Hilton is one of London’s most iconic hotels.
Hilton London Metropole
· A giant clock in the lobby will countdown to the start of Earth Hour
· A candlelit dinner will be held in the Fiamma restaurant, created with seasonal ingredients picked locally from Kent and Lincolnshire farms. Dishes include:
o Smoked celeriac and J.Collingwoods Lincolnshire farm Conference pear carpaccio, served with pickled cauliflower
o Organic Suffolk chicken fillet infused with lemon, tarragon and garlic, served with a London Gin foam; herb and onion ballotine; leek and potato cake; and parsnip ribbons
o Organic rhubarb fool
· Earth Hour ‘Clocktail’ Hour will offer two for one cocktails, including the limited edition chocolate fondue cocktail with Conference pear, brownie and marshmallows
Hilton London Metropole is one of Europe’s largest hotel and conference centres. With superb transportation links, the hotel is just 20 minutes from Heathrow Airport via the Heathrow Express at Paddington Station.
Hilton London Canary Wharf
· External Hilton signs will be turned off
· Minimal lighting will be used in the reception, lobby and bar. Candles will be used instead
· Guest corridor lighting will be reduced by 50%
· An Earth Hour dinner menu will be served, created with locally sourced ingredients, sustainably sourced meats and energy efficient cooking techniques. Items on the menu include:
o Yakitori seared beef, served with butternut foam, crisp leeks and sweet soy reduction
o Locally reared pork belly, served with savoy cabbage wonton, carrot puree and garlic mirin jus
o Strawberry spring roll, served with mint sorbet and white chocolate sauce
The Hilton London Canary Wharf hotel is 15 minutes from London City Airport and located at the heart of Canary Wharf’s bustling business, café and shopping scene.
Hilton London Tower Bridge
· Hosting a sustainable, low carbon, locally sourced dinner by candle light
· Encouraging guests to use stairs rather than the lifts to reduce power consumption
Set against the backdrop of one of London’s best known historical landmarks, Hilton London Tower Bridge is a modern and contemporary hotel, ideally situated on the doorstep of the city.
Organized by World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Earth Hour began in 2007 as a way for individuals to show how simple steps can make a significant impact on reducing greenhouse gases and addressing climate change. The event has turned into a movement. More than 5,200 cities and towns in 135 countries worldwide switched off their lights for Earth Hour 2011 alone, sending a powerful message for action on climate change. It also ushered in a new era with members going “Beyond the Hour” to commit to lasting action for the planet.
Hilton Worldwide is the first major multi-brand hospitality company to make sustainability measurement a brand standard and recently earned ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications for quality and environmental management - one of the largest volume certifications awarded for commercial buildings. As part of that standard, Hilton Worldwide-branded properties commit to continuous improvements to their overall sustainability results each year. Across the portfolio, Hilton Worldwide has a made a five-year commitment, from 2009 to 2014, to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent, CO2 emissions by 20 percent, waste output by 20 percent and water consumption by 10 percent.
In 2010 alone, Hilton Worldwide saved more than $74 million in utility costs through a 6.6 percent reduction of energy use; 7.8 percent reduction of carbon output; 19 percent reduction of waste output; and 3.8 percent reduction of water use. Hilton Worldwide’s global giving is currently focused on creating vibrant and sustainable communities wherever we operate.