Tampa, Fl. (PRWEB) July 9, 2009
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today recognized The Hyatt Regency Tampa as the first downtown Tampa hotel to receive the Florida Green Lodging Program Two Palm designation. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving "green" practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
The Two Palm designation recognizes increased energy conservation and pollution prevention measures since the properties' One Palm designation.
"We are proud to welcome this downtown Tampa hotel into the elite group of Two Palm Hotels," says DEP Southwest District Director Deborah Getzoff. "Hyatt Regency Tampa serves as a good example to the other hotels in Florida's Green Lodging Program that are working towards the Two Palm status."
To receive the Two Palm designation, the Tampa luxury hotel must have maintained the green practices established during One Palm designation for over one year. Additionally, the downtown Tampa hotel conducted an environmental baseline assessment and demonstrated a reduction in energy and water consumption as well as waste disposal. Hyatt Regency Tampa is currently working towards Three Palm designation, which will occur after three consecutive years of improvement upon Two Palm status.
"We take pride in being the first downtown Tampa hotel to achieve this prestigious designation," says Derrick Morrow, General Manager of The Hyatt Regency Tampa. "It is only through the continued commitment and hard work of the Hyatt Regency Green Team that we're making these significant improvements."
Since 2008, this Tampa luxury hotel has achieved a 12 percent decrease in electricity, 10 percent decrease in gas, and 7.4 percent decrease in water usage.
About Green Lodging
On July 13, 2007, at his Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, Governor Charlie Crist signed three executive orders initiating state energy-use policies. One required state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with the Florida Green Lodging Program designation starting January 1, 2008. The Summit was a bold first step to explore groundbreaking technologies and strategies that will place our state at the forefront of the growing world-wide movement to reduce greenhouse gases.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. As reward for designation, the state is recommending designated properties in the Florida Green Lodging Program to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. To date, the program has 144 designated properties and more than 325 applicants.
For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging.