Myrtle Beach's Bluewater Resort Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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Bluewater Resort has been awarded the 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.

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While our goal is to see every lodging property adopt environmental measures that will earn them a 4 or 5 Green Eco-Leaf Rating, the Bluewater Resort is off to a great start by employing measures that every property can undertake. We hope to see more Myrtle Beach properties undertaking similar sustainability efforts.

Bluewater Resort becomes one of 2 lodging properties in Myrtle Beach, SC, to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 3 hotels in Myrtle Beach have been rated environmentally friendly, and Bluewater Resort is one of 2 lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 1 Green Eco-Leaf, which is a great start toward becoming more environmentally friendly.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "While our goal is to see every lodging property adopt environmental measures that will earn them a 4 or 5 Green Eco-Leaf Rating, the Bluewater Resort is off to a great start by employing measures that every property can undertake. We hope to see more Myrtle Beach properties undertaking similar sustainability efforts."

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 - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms - plus other efforts. The complete audit can be viewed at Bluewater Resort Environmental Self-Audit.

Hotels in South Carolina are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Bluewater Resort 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. South Carolina lodging properties that have recently been awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating include Holiday Inn Express Suites Mount Pleasant, Radisson Hotel Charleston Airport, Spartanburg Marriott Renaissance Park, Comfort Suites West of Ashley, and The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Bluewater Resort is one of 2 Myrtle Beach 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 Bluewater Resort contact them at (800) 845-6994 or visit http://www.bluewaterresort.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 iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,500 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
rvarner(at)istaygreen(dot)org

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