Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 06, 2012
Maryland Green Travel has just recognized The Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase for its impressive efforts to reduce waste and expand recycling efforts. The statewide Maryland Green Travel program, which was created to reduce the environmental impact of Maryland’s tourism industry, endorses businesses actively working to reduce their carbon footprint.
Since The Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase re-opened after a 2009 renovation, Maryland’s first LEED Gold certified hotel has continued to reduce energy usage and water consumption throughout the hotel. The building uses energy efficient windows and roofing, energy management systems that control HVAC units throughout the hotel, FSC certified wood, low-VOC or non-VOC paints, motion sensors to minimize electricity use, and low flow water fixtures.
The management and staff of the Courtyard have also taken a number of steps to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact. These include incorporating recycling throughout the hotel, encouraging guests to use public and alternate forms of transportation, encouraging guests to request to reuse their linen, reducing plastic water bottle usage by making water available throughout the hotel, and by using 100% wind source energy.
Additionally, Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase has taken measures to educate guests and other visitors about the environment and the hotel’s conservation efforts. This includes placing information on LEED and recycling efforts in all guest room directories, installing information panels at the recycling station to inform guests of the hotel’s LEED efforts, and training all management staff to tour guests throughout the hotel to showcase the LEED efforts and recycling efforts of the hotel.
About Maryland Green Travel
Maryland Green Travel is a voluntary, self-certification program that recognizes tourism businesses committed to improving their operations in order to reduce their environmental impact. The program helps businesses evaluate their procedures, set goals, and take specific actions towards environmental sustainability. For more information, please visit: http://visitmaryland.org/green/
About the Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase
The Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase is the first LEED Gold certified hotel in Montgomery County, MD. After a $35 million renovation, they are well-equipped to serve the needs of the business and leisure guest. Their spacious accommodations combine comfort and functionality and guest rooms enjoy 32" flat-panel high-def TVs, mini refrigerators, alarm clocks with iPod Docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, and ample workspace. The hotel also uses 100% renewable energy, maintaining high energy efficiency and water conservation standards. For more information, please visit: http://www.courtyardchevychase.com