- The Palms Hotel & Spa works closely with ECOMB (Environmental Coalition of Miami & the Beaches). Their Green Tips to keep our beaches clean can be found in all in-room Guest Directories.
- The Palms Hotel & Spa is a strong supporter of Deco Bikes, a green initiative in Miami Beach whereby visitors can easily rent bicycles.
- The Palms Hotel & Spa supports at least one environmental partner in their yearly fundraisers. In 2011 & 2012 this partner was Dream in Green, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop and implement programs that promote energy conservation and efficiency, environmental sustainability, and the use of renewable energy. In 2013 it was Fertile Earth, a non-profit dedicated to promoting environmental awareness and supporting environmental research. They are best known for their composting and waste reduction initiatives as well as South Florida’s only earthworm farm in Homestead.
- The head of the Green Team is a member of The Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association’s Sustainable Hospitality Council, created to advance the awareness and adoption of sustainable practices by providing guidance, expertise and resources to Association members. The Council also works to increase visibility of members’ sustainability practices in domestic and international markets to promote the Miami hospitality industry’s image.
- The hotel offers a green and environmental guest package.
- The Concierge offers guests eco-friendly and natural ideas for excursions
The hotel encourages guests and staff alike to participate in environmental volunteering projects such as the Adopt-a-Beach and Coastal Cleanup programs.
This program is a partnership project between the City of Miami Beach and ECOMB. It is a program which is not just about litter. It’s about the need for clean oceans, shorelines, and waterways. It is about residents and visitors working together to create permanent solutions to shoreline and marine debris. The Palms Hotel & Spa has adopted the beach between 29th and 32nd streets and has hosted clean-ups every quarter since 2011.
International Coastal Clean-up
Over the past 25 years, Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup has become the world’s largest volunteer effort for ocean health. Nearly nine million volunteers from 152 countries and locations have cleaned 145 million pounds of trash from the shores of lakes, streams, rivers, and the ocean on just one day each year. Since 2010 the hotel has participated at this international clean-up event every year in September
The hotel, Essensia Restaurant and its staff volunteer time to change the way children eat and to help reverse the trend of child obesity in the US. Some of the projects we are involved in are:
- Miami-Dade Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition together with the Let’s Move Initiative by Michelle Obama have created a Chef Partnership Program, where local Chefs including Essensia’s Chef have partnered with schools that are in the same neighborhood as their respective restaurants. Engaging students and staff in culinary arts skills and expanding nutritional knowledge are important steps to improving eating habits and increasing meal participation through a fresh approach to school food service. The Chefs work with the food service staff at their schools on a monthly basis creating wholesome and healthy dishes for the students. The dishes they create will find their way into the cafeteria’s of all Miami-Dade public schools further down the line. We work with North Beach Elementary;
- Common Threads is a charity that teaches low-income children to cook wholesome and affordable meals. Their philosophy believes that through hands-on cooking classes childhood obesity can be prevented and the trend of generations of non-cookers reversed, while celebrating cultural differences and the things people all over the world have in common. Their mission is to educate children on the importance of nutrition and physical well-being, and to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity through cooking. The hotel’s Executive Chef, teaches some of these classes and the hotel supports the charity with fundraisers and donations.
- AIWF Days of Taste is a program organized by the American Institute of Wine and Food in collaboration with Whole Foods with the objective to bring healthy food exploration to elementary school classrooms in communities across the nation. Essensia’s Chef regularly teaches these classes both on premises and at Whole Foods.
- Essensia’s Organic Chef’s Garden Tour & Tasting takes place every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. except in the summer. Hotel and restaurant guests as well as the local community are welcome to attend the free educational tour hosted by Essensia’s Chef who identifies the produce, herbs and greens in the garden and prepares a delicious tasting dish utilizing ingredients from the garden. Through this complimentary weekly garden tour and tasting, Essesia’s Chef aims to connect with guests and the community in an effort to enhance their overall experience with food and life. Guests might even pick up a few tips and techniques on cooking, growing, gardening, and whole living.