Ojai California's First Green Hotel

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The Best Western Casa Ojai in Ojai California is the first hotel to make a Green Commitment and recieve 2 Green Certifications.

Best Western Casa Ojai has earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating this week by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by iStayGreen.org - the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

Ojai, CA February 21, 2009 - Best Western Casa Ojai becomes one of 1st lodging properties in Ojai, CA to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently Best Western Casa Ojai is first of the hotels in Ojai (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Ojai/st/CA) to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 3 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Great" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped Best Western Casa Ojai earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 1st lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel."

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place at the property include: low energy lighting initiatives are in-place - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - off-grid alternative energy source utilized - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conservation initiatives are in-place - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - recycle containers are located inside guestrooms - reusable food & beverage service is used in lieu of disposable service items - compostable disposable service items are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - the entire property is non-smoking - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Best Western Casa Ojai Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/10193602).

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Best Western Casa Ojai is one of 1st Ojai lodging properties to achieve the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, it is anticipated that many other properties in the area that are promoting eco-friendly initiatives also will seek to be rated. This eco-rating allows the public to know the specific environmental initiatives in place at a property, which enables the environmentally conscious traveler to make informed lodging decisions.

For additional information about Best Western Casa Ojai contact them at 805-646-8175 or visit http://www.ojaiinn.com. To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit http://www.iStayGreen.org.

About Best Western Casa Ojai:
We're dedicated to healthy, sustainable hospitality with a smile. Like many of our guest, we want to stay in environmentally sustainable hotels whenever we travel. Therefore, management at Casa Ojai is making every effort to create an eco friendly experience without sacrificing our proven comforts and service.
Contact:    Best Western Casa Ojai
805-646-8175

About iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 3,000 already Green Eco-Leaf Rated, it's easy for anyone to quickly locate and compare "Green" lodging worldwide. To earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating, hotels must complete a thorough self-audit, and then are rated based on their eco-initiatives. The site also provides an effective way for hotel owners and operators to promote all of the good "Green" things they are doing. Visitors to the site can create their own profiles, add friends, recommend properties, upload photos, form groups, create and respond to forum threads, make reservations, and add comments and reviews to hotel profiles.
Contact:    Richard Varner
602-864-5553

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