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Arizona Grand Resort Earns Green Certification From The Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association

PHOENIX, Ariz. – (August 19, 2010) – Arizona Grand Resort® today announced that it recently earned its Green Certification from the Arizona Hotel & Lodging Association (AzHLA) for the Resort’s practices in environmental sustainability and corporate responsibility.

Arizona Grand Resort met AzHLA’s requirements for its energy savings program, chemicals management program, locally sourcing and purchasing foods and materials as well as for creating a unique sense of place for guests.

In order to receive this certification, hotels have to complete the AzHLA Certified Green self-certification workbook and receive at least 100 points for a variety of green efforts. For program verification, third-party inspectors are sent to randomly selected properties throughout the year.  The Resort will hold quarterly meetings to assess their efforts and look for additional ways to enhance their internal green efforts.

“We strive to provide all guests of Arizona Grand Resort the assurance that we are doing all we can to implement the kinds of practices that are helping our environment today and in the future,” stated Managing Director Richard Behr.  “Whether conserving water with our swimming pool technology that reduces evaporation or cutting down carbon and fossil fuel emissions by sourcing locally produced meats, we are doing our part to be good stewards of the environment that we all share.”

About the Arizona Grand Resort
The Arizona Grand Resort is located on 164 beautifully-landscaped acres at the base of the spectacular South Mountain Preserve. The property boasts 640 residential-style suites and 100 luxury Villas accommodations. The AAA Four Diamond rated resort completed a $52-million redesign in 2009 to enhance the property including all guest suites, main lobby, spa, golf course, and restaurants. A member of the Preferred Hotels® & Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, Arizona Grand Resort offers the seven-acre Oasis Water Park, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, seven unique dining venues, the full service Arizona Grand Athletic Club & Spa and 117,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,000 square-foot exhibit pavilion. Arizona Grand Resort is independently owned and operated by an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties (GCP), one of the premier commercial and residential developers in the western United States.  During the past 45 years, GCP has built, developed and managed more than 14 million square feet of high-quality properties, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Biltmore Fashion Park and the Phoenix Spectrum Mall.  More information is available at Twitter: @ArizonaGrand Facebook: Arizona Grand Resort

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For more information on the Arizona Grand Resort, or to arrange an interview or fact check a story, please contact:

   Emily Dille, Marketing Manager
   8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85044
   p: 602-659-6312


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