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Sustainable and Proud

Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Going Green, however you refer to it, it’s a big deal. In general people are moving towards more environmentally friendly practices and we want to do business with like- minded companies.

When you’re looking to host or plan an event, the more environmentally friendly a company’s practices are, the more appealing they become. You can have a wonderful event and feel really good about the impact it will have on your attendees and the environment. Minneapolis Northwest would love to help you plan your next green event.


Even one small thing can make a big difference in your event or for the environment, which is why Minneapolis Northwest feels so grateful to have such wonderful partners in our community. Some of the best examples in our area are featured here.


The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest has been given TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders Bronze level commendation for so many reasons. Marriott Northwest tracks their energy use, has a towel and linen reuse programs, trains staff on green practices, and recycles (including having the staff separate trash and recyclable waste, which they also track). But they don’t stop there. They also have energy efficient lighting, energy efficient appliances in rooms and throughout the property, water efficient faucets, and they track their water use. Even Marriott Northwest’s products are environmentally friendly. They use recycled office paper, recycled paper towels, over 75% of their cleaning products are certified green, and over 25% of their furniture has “green” characteristics, such as recycled content, renewable or salvaged materials, or are locally sourced. To top all of that off, Marriott Northwest makes education and innovation a priority. They ask guests for feedback on their green practices and they track their carbon emissions. 

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The Arbor Lakes Hotels, which include Holiday Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott, Hampton Inn, and Staybridge Suites, also have measures in place to keep their properties environmentally friendly. They each have programs to help conserve water and use less chemicals. By simply hanging your towels in your room instead of leaving them on the floor and requesting new ones, you are positively contributing. The Arbor Lakes Hotels recycle, use energy efficient lighting, and utilize energy saving fuel measures. 


Another property Minneapolis Northwest is proud to work with is the Earle Brown Heritage Center. They understand that the industry wants to move towards practices that have “a meaningful sense of environmental and social responsibility.” In their literature they state, “Earle Brown Heritage Center is committed to offering foods that are earth, body and community friendly.” They follow through with this by offering policies and solutions that are both immediately visible and sustainable over the long-term. How do they do it? Earle Brown Heritage Center buys local products to support family farms, serves seafood that comes from sustainable sources, promotes Certified Humane Cage-Free eggs, and purchases poultry produced without the routine use of human antibiotics. But wait, there’s more! They also provide milk that is free of artificial growth hormones, implement waste reduction practices, offer packaging made from renewable resources, and they feature social and ecological certified coffee. 

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These are really just the tip of the iceberg and we’d love to show you more. Let Minneapolis Northwest connect you with one of these properties, or a variety of others, and help you achieve fun and environmentally sustainable events. 

Wind turbines near hotel