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Greening of Hospitality Industry
Intercontinental New York Barclay Now Offers A No-Extra-Cost Signature Green-Engage Meeting

A leader in the New York Sustainable Hospitality© scene, the 100% wind energy-powered InterContinental New York Barclay has unveiled its signature Green Engage Meeting. The hotel hosts over a thousand groups and meetings annually, ranging from gatherings of up to 10 to larger conferences of 200 or more guests. With the Barclay’s no-extra-cost signature Green Engage Meeting, the hotel assists planners in minimizing the negative environmental impacts of a meeting, while raising awareness in a positive and elegant way.

The Green Engage Meeting offers sustainable food, beverages, supplies, amenities and team-building eco-opportunities, all within a luxurious, urban environmentally-friendly hotel setting. A guide on sustainable meetings at the Barclay is available for planners on To book a signature Barclay Green Engage Meeting, contact Tel. (202) 906-3110, or email “The objectives of our Green Engage meeting is to minimize the environmental impact and waste associated with meetings; while supporting healthy living choices for meeting attendees;” said Hervé Houdré, regional director of Operations & general manager, InterContinental New York Barclay. “We hope to inspire clients to include Responsible Meetings as key criteria for future venue selection,” Houdré continued. The following elements are incorporated into the Green Engage Meeting unless otherwise requested:
  • Local, organic, in-season produce purchased from local farms whenever possible
  • Non-endangered species of seafood served
  • Vegetarian menus available
  • Water served in pitchers unless otherwise requested
  • Condiments served in bulk unless otherwise requested
  • Disposable items and paper goods eliminated when possible
  • Lights and equipment turned off when rooms are not in use
  • Energy efficient bulbs in all meeting rooms
  • Only 50% lighting used when setting rooms
  • Air condition/heating not used on days when meeting rooms are vacant
  • Leftover conference supplies such as pads and pens are recycled
  • Paper waste is recycled
  • Organic waste is composted

The Barclay also offers a variety of meeting options and Beyond Green Insider Experiences to help clients produce their own unique Responsible Meeting. Depending upon level of interest, there are many choices available ranging from healthy menu selections to community service projects/team building eco-opportunities. These are made available to guests through the hotel’s local community partnerships and include educational, dietary, cardio-workout and community service activities.

InterContinental New York Barclay
Built in 1926 neo-Federal style, the classic, contemporary InterContinental New York Barclay welcomes guests with a heightened level of personalized service, residential warmth and luxury and a vigorous Sustainable Hospitality program. The 100% wind energy-powered Barclay is located off fashionable Park Avenue in the heart of midtown Manhattan’s east side near the city’s most exclusive Fifth Avenue shopping, dining, Broadway theaters, museums, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Central Park and the United Nations headquarters. Offering 685 luxurious guest rooms, including 86 suites, the Barclay is the hotel of choice for the world's business, diplomatic, cultural and social circles. Eighteen well-appointed function rooms provide elegant venues for corporate events, meetings, and social celebrations. InterContinental New York Barclay, 111 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel. (212) 755-5900.