San Diego's Pacific Terrace Hotel Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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Pacific Terrace Hotel has earned a 3 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.

Simple changes helped Pacific Terrace Hotel earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 27 lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

Pacific Terrace Hotel becomes one of 27 lodging properties in San Diego, CA to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 47 hotels in San Diego (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/SanDiego/st/CA) have been rated environmentally friendly, and Pacific Terrace Hotel is one of 27 lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 3 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Great" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped Pacific Terrace Hotel earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 27 lodging properties rated. 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 - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - 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 - 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 - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Pacific Terrace Hotel Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/10215934).

Hotels in San Diego are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Pacific Terrace Hotel 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 6 lodging properties are v [Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Old Town], Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Central, Britt Scripps Inn, Kings Inn Hotel, Pacific Terrace Hotel, and Handlery Hotel and Resort.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Pacific Terrace Hotel is one of 27 San Diego 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 Pacific Terrace Hotel contact them at 858-581-3500 or visit http://www.pacificterrace.com/. To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit 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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