Marco Island Lakeside Inn Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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Marco Island Lakeside Inn has earned a 2 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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Simple changes helped Marco Island Lakeside Inn earn their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 2 lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

Marco Island Lakeside Inn becomes one of 2 lodging properties in Marco Island, FL to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 2 hotels in Marco Island (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Marco%20Island/st/FL) have been rated environmentally friendly, and Marco Island Lakeside Inn is one of 2 lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 2 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Good" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped Marco Island Lakeside Inn earn their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 2 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: 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 - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - low water consumption landscaping has been installed - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - the entire property is non-smoking - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Marco Island Lakeside Inn Environmental Self-Audit (http://istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/11288565).

Hotels in Florida are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Marco Island Lakeside Inn 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Florida lodging properties that have recently been awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating include Ramada Plaza Beach Resort, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood Florida, Sleep Inn and Suites Ocala, The Royal Palms Resort, Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista At Vista Center, and Southernmost Hotel.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Marco Island Lakeside Inn is one of 2 Marco Island 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 Marco Island Lakeside Inn contact them at 239-394-1161 or visit marcoislandlakeside.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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