Washington, DC Green Venue Spotlight: The Airlie Center

Federal Room at Airlie CenterPlanning a green meeting for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. Though there are now plenty of resources to assist planners in making smart, eco-conscious decisions, one of the best and easiest ways to ensure a successful green event is to pick an environmentally-friendly venue. Already experienced in green programs and procedures, a green venue can be invaluable in assisting a planner in making the most sustainable choices.

I recently heard about a venue taking green events to new heights, and when I found out it was not too far from Cvent headquarters, I decided I had to share. Located in Warrenton, Virginia, about 50 miles southwest of Washington, DC, the Airlie Center makes it a priority to balance the natural environment and conference operations.

Its green initiatives include a linen and towel reuse program, organic culinary garden, energy efficient lighting, and non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products. It has received certification from Green Seal's Environmental Lodging Program and the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.

The Airlie's serene location is literally green itself. Located in the gorgeous Piedmont region of the state, Airlie's lush landscape, dotted by shady trees and vibrant blooms, is ideal for jogging, biking, fishing, volleyball, tennis and more. Groups can even book a tour at the Environmental Studies on the Piedmont, right across from the Airlie campus, to explore the diverse woodland area, over 50 active beehives, and the resident swans that form its
Garden Room at Airlie Centerinternationally-recognized Swan Research Program.

Back in the boardroom, this DC conference center offers natural lighting, ergonomic chairs, and the latest in technology in its 17 conference rooms. Private dining can be arranged in a range of settings, from the Boardroom, accented by a roaring fireplace, to the formal garden. The Airlie Center also has 150 guest rooms.

Not surprisingly, the center has a number of repeat guests and hosts about 600 government, non-profit and private sector groups annually. A member of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) since 1990, Airlie Center really does pack a punch when it comes to conference programs. Consider it when you want to host a productive DC event that will keep your guests and the earth happy!

View more information about the Airlie Center on the Cvent Supplier Network
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