2 Hotels in La Jolla Have Now Been Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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2 La Jolla California Hotels are now listed as environmentally friendly having been recently awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by iStayGreen.org - the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

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Of the 21 properties in La Jolla two hotels have taken the environmental lead by completing our environmental survey and earning the 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating. We expect others to follow shortly.

Currently 6 hotels in La Jolla, CA (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/La%20Jolla/st/CA) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. Two out of the six properties have completed the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. Ratings range from 1 Green Eco-Leaf to 5 Green Eco Leaf and are summarized as follows:

1 Green Eco-Leaf - Acceptable
2 Green Eco-Leaf - Good
3 Green Eco-Leaf - Very Good
4 Green Eco-Leaf - Excellent
5 Green Eco-Leaf - Exceptional

Properties that have completed the 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey are both historic La Jolla hotels - the Grande Colonial La Jolla and the La Valencia Hotel. Both La Jolla California properties have earned the 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating - which equates to very good environmental performance.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Of the 21 properties in La Jolla two hotels have taken the environmental lead by completing our environmental survey and earning the 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating. We expect others to follow shortly."

California continues to encourage properties to earn the one or two palm rating offered through the California Green Lodging Program. There are several other cities in Southern California that have excellent green representation. Currently three Carlsbad Hotels are Green including the Ramada Carlsbad by the Sea, and in nearby San Diego Hotels 18 properties have been rated with the Crowne Plaza San Diego Mission Valley having earned the highest rating of 4 Green Eco-Leafs. Other communities with Green lodging include Encinitas hotels and Rancho Santa Fe hotels.

Actions taken by hotels are not only insuring a more sustainable future in travel but are also creating a better bottom line for hotel operators. In addition, guest awareness of green programs also has a strong impact on overall hotel guest satisfaction based on the just released JD Power and Associates 2009 North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Index Study. Types of eco-initiatives put in-place by these hotels include: an on-site Green Team has been created - low energy lighting - energy sensor initiatives are in-place - HVAC control system installed - sheets & towels reuse option for multiple night stays - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conservation and water conserving devices - low water consumption landscaping - recycle containers are located inside guestrooms and around the property common areas - reusable food & beverage service is used in lieu of disposable service items - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - eco-friendly detergents are used for laundry and carpet cleaning - at some hotlels the entire property is designated a non-smoking hotel - room are furnished with cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While only two La Jolla hotels have earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, they join over 170 additional Green Eco-Leaf Rated California lodging properties. With the success of the California Green Lodging Program and statewide emphasis on eco-friendliness it is anticipated that there will be a substantial increase in properties promoting eco-friendly initiatives.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 170 California lodging properties that have achieved the Green Eco-Leaf Rating it represents just slightly over 4% of the 4,000+ California properties. It is likely that many other properties in the state 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. To simplify finding "Green" lodging iStayGreen.org allows you to filter your search to show only the environmentally friendly hotels in La Jolla.

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 iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,200 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.

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Richard Varner
602-864-5553

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