Virginia's New Salamander Resort & Spa Plans Green Meetings

The new Salamander Resort & Spa will be one of the country's first LEED-certified luxury destination resort and spas when it opens in March 2011 in Middleburg, Va., its management company, Salamander Hospitality, announced this month.

The 168-room resort, which will have 12,000 square feet of meeting space, will have extensive waste, water and energy management programs, as well as a special "Meeting Green" program that will include basic, intermediate and advanced plans for groups that want to host sustainable meetings.

"Our goal for Salamander Resort & Spa is to take a leadership role within the hospitality industry by continually looking for innovative ways to enhance our luxury resort guest experience, while maintaining sensitivity to our environment," Salamander Hospitality President Prem Devadas said in a statement.

Among the green meeting measures available as part of Salamander's Meeting Green program:

• Menus utilizing sustainable and organic products grown within a 50-mile radius, including the resort's on-site chef's garden

• Special menus that include a 50 percent reduction in animal proteins, supplemented by vegetable proteins

• Use of potted plants instead of cut flower arrangements on banquet tables

• Use of specially filtered water served in pitchers

• Electronic meeting flyers and handouts, accessed via Web site or e-mail

• Promotion of off-site events and tours that utilize the area's natural environment

• Use of energy-saving horse-drawn carriages and bicycles to transport hotel guests to and from the Village of Middleburg

For more information about Salamander Resort & Spa, including its Meeting Green program, visit www.salamanderresort.com.