Omni Hotels Take Texas-Size Strides Toward Sustainability
Jun 28, 2013 01:40PM
By Jessi Sally, staff writer
Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel
The Omni Dallas Hotel, which opened in 2011, has received LEED Gold New Construction certification, making it the first and only LEED Gold hotel in Texas and the largest in the U.S. outside of Las Vegas. This designation was made possible by using recycled and regionally sourced materials, reducing construction pollution and implementing conservation initiatives that have resulted in a 30 percent reduction in water consumption.
To allow it to continue operating at LEED Gold standards, the hotel also houses a certified green restaurant, Texas Spice, which is the first full-service restaurant in Dallas to Achieve the coveted 2-Star Certified Green Restaurant designation from by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization that helps restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable. By receiving 141 GreenPoints on the rigorous GRA certification scale and implementing 61 steps, Texas Spice has demonstrated a commitment above and beyond the minimum requirements necessary for certification.
Meanwhile, the Omni Fort Worth Hotel offers “Wellness Break” activities and menus for groups and associations that hold their meetings at the downtown property. From nutritious nosh and limoncello soda to chair massages and yoga, the hotel will plan the perfect wellness meeting or gathering.
Wellness Breaks are the latest example of Omni addressing the ongoing needs of health-conscious travelers. An Omni-commissioned health and wellness survey conducted in 2011 found that more than half of participants regretted indulging in certain foods or beverages when traveling for business. The same number said they would like more low-fat options when traveling. Additionally, the report found that travelers had good intentions when it came to workouts, because nearly one-third embarked on a trip with workout gear, but never found the time or energy to follow up. Meanwhile, about 26 percent wished their hotel would help locate nearby yoga or spinning studios.
Wellness Breaks are available before meetings, during a break, after lunch or whenever works best for the attendees and planners. These quick and healthy fitness options include yoga classes led by a professional instructor (30 to 60 minutes); a stretching break led by a professional (30 minutes); a nutrition class (30 minutes); cooking demonstration of how to cook quick and healthy meals (30 minutes); and chair massages (10 minutes).
Guests at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel can also take advantage of walking through the nearby Water Gardens, a cooling oasis in the heart of downtown; or they can pick up a bike at any conveniently located bike sharing stations, including the Omni, and drop it off when finished.