14 Hotels in Victoria Have Now Been Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

30 Hotels in Victoria are listed as environmentally friendly and 14 have recently been 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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Simple changes helped these properties to earn their Green Eco-Leaf Rating and take the environmental lead among the 55 lodging properties in Victoria. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

Victoria, British Columbia (Vocus) May 29, 2010

Currently 30 hotels in Victoria, BC (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Victoria/st/BC) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. 14 of the 30 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 Hotel Grand Pacific, Chateau Victoria Hotel And Suites, Parkside Victoria Resort, Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort and Spa, Queen Victoria Hotel And Suites, The Oswego Hotel, Quality Inn Downtown, Victoria Regent Hotel, Days Inn Victoria On The Harbour, Ramada Victoria, Brentwood Bay Lodge and Spa, Best Western Inner Harbour, Accent Inns Victoria, and Travelodge Victoria Gorge Rd.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped these properties to earn their Green Eco-Leaf Rating and take the environmental lead among the 55 lodging properties in Victoria. 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: an on-site Green Team has been created - guests are offered the ability to carbon offset their stay - low energy lighting initiatives are in-place - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - energy sensor initiatives are in-place - HVAC control system installed - 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 - eco-incentive programs have been created for staff - water conservation initiatives are in-place - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - gray water is recycled - low water consumption landscaping has been installed - recycle containers are located inside guestrooms - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - reusable food & beverage service is used in lieu of disposable service items - compostable disposable service items are utilized - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - environmentally friendly detergents are used for laundry - environmentally friendly chemicals are used for carpet cleaning - the entire property is non-smoking - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - low VOC materials (paint, adhesives, air freshener, carpet) are used at the property - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms - plus much more. . iStayGreen.org allows you to filter your search to show only the environmentally friendly hotels in Victoria.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 30 Victoria lodging properties that have achieved 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.

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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