Two Austin Hotels Win Top 'Green' Rating

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Two Austin hotels have been recognized as leaders in the "greet hotel" movement. Habitat Suites Hotel and The Crossings were named as two of the just 18 hotels that recognizes as the most environmentally friendly hotels in the world.

"Habitat Suites hotel has lead the way in the charge of sustainable practices," said Kit Cassingham, founder of She says Habitat's mission statement -- "Ecological Consciousness in Action is Habitat Suites' commitment to creating an environmentally sustainable future for us all." -- shows in everything they do. The City of Austin awarded them the first "Greenbelt Award", another of the many awards the hotel has received. The hotel is near Highland Mall and ten minutes from downtown Austin.

Numerous awards have been bestowed on The Crossings, too. The hotel is located twenty miles northwest of Austin, overlooking Lake Travis. Founders Ken and Joyce Beck incorporated sustainable practices into the design, construction and operations of the hotel, Cassingham said. "They feel a healthy environment sustains a healthy life, and have developed The Crossings to that end." rates properties based on 29 green criteria, including water and energy conservation, recycling, composting, eco-friendly and organic food, environmentally friendly cleaning, good air quality, and resource conservation. To be included on a hotel must have adopted at least 27 green actions, Cassingham said, "and that's no easy task."

"Being included in this site requires extraordinary commitment and action in environmentally friendly development and operations," she said. "Both hotels are showing the way in the hospitality industry: hotels can be environmentally friendly and profitable too." and its sister site,, currently have ratings on over 2800 hotels worldwide. The ratings service has been cited in the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, the New York Times, and on MSNBC.

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Kit Cassingham
Sage Blossom Consulting


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