Phoenix, AZ (Vocus) June 2, 2009
On Thursday, May 28th Pala Casino Spa and Resort located in Pala, California became the 600th lodging property to complete iStayGreen.org's online self-audit earning a 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 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.
Properties complete the comprehensive online self-audit and earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating ranging from one to five Eco-Leafs with 5 Green Eco-Leafs being the highest level attainable. Ratings are based on environmental initiatives in-place at the property. Only 12 properties have earned the coveted 5 Green Eco-Leaf Rating thus far; eight in the United States and one in each of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Canada, and Ecuador.
Over half of the properties completing the self-audit fairly evenly divide between 2 and 3 Eco-Leafs on the Green rating scale. The Green Eco-Leaf Ratings breakdown as follows: 9% 4 Eco-Leafs, 30% 3 Eco-Leafs, 36% 2 Eco-Leafs, and 22% 1 Eco-Leaf. While the highest percentage of "Green" lodging is located in the United States, over one fifth of the iStayGreen.org audited properties are located outside the U.S.
Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "iStayGreen.org continues to experience dramatic growth since our soft launch last fall and currently helps several thousand unique visitors daily find and book environmentally friendly hotels." He went on to say "Everyday we're having 5 to 10 new properties complete our online self-audit. In the month of May alone we awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating to 122 properties ranging from Bed & Breakfasts to Luxury Spa Resorts. At our current rate of growth it is anticipated that over 1,000 properties will have received their rating before the end of summer."
The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. Properties completing the self-audit and earning the Green Eco-Leaf Rating range from high rise metropolitan hotels to eco-lodges, and from luxury resorts to family run bed and breakfasts. Some properties that have recently completed the online self-audit program include:
To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or rvarner (at) istaygreen (dot) org.
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 3,600 Green Listed, 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.