Pink AND green: Hotel Palomar receives eco-friendly certification, visit from mayor

So, we all know Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar is TAG-approved and very gay-friendly (chef Blythe Beck even chastised me for not attending their Sordid Pride event last week), but now the accommodations on 75 and Mockingbird are also eco-friendly. At a breakfast Tuesday morning consecrated by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, the Palomar was certified “Green Seal Silver,” a designation indicating a high level of environmental consciousness. How high? It’s the first hotel in Dallas to achieve that level, and only the fourth in the state.

“They made it with flying colors,” Leppert said, quoting Green Seal auditor Michelle Hallahan. “More and more, people are making decisions based on these things.”

The requirements, set in 1996, range from having recycling bins in the guest rooms to water conservation, eco-friendly landscaping, options for re-using towels and linens, and staff training. It is also extending a program with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to encourage public transportation.

“Are you enjoying your sustainable breakfast?” Leppert asked me at the event. “Not so sustainable for the pig,” I noted. “Hey,” interjected Blythe, “no hormones! I treat that animal as well as I can.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones