Simple changes helped these properties to earn their Green Eco-Leaf Rating and take the environmental lead among the 230 lodging properties in Orlando. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.
Orlando, Florida (Vocus) June 25, 2010
Currently 35 hotels in Orlando, FL (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Orlando/st/FL) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. 14 of the 35 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 Rodeway Inn Near Florida Mall, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Universal Orlando, Holiday Inn Select Orlando East Ucf, Renaissance Orlando Hotel At Seaworld, Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, Homewood Suites Orlando UCF Area, Universals Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Embassy Suites Orlando - International Drive South-convention Center, Rosen Centre Hotel, Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites Lake Buena Vista, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center , Blue Tree Resort, Holiday Inn Express Universal Orlando, and Best Western Movieland Orlando . Other Orlando properties that are listed in the iStayGreen.org Directory of Environmentally Friendly Lodging as "Green" include Blue Tree Resort, CityPlace Hotel & Extended Stay, Comfort Suites Downtown, Comfort Suites Ucf-research Park, Comfort Suites Universal Studios Area, Courtyard by Marriott Lake Buena Vista in The Marriott Village, Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, Doubletree Hotel at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, Embassy Suites Orlando - Downtown, Embassy Suites Orlando - International Drive South/convention Center, Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista Marriott Village, Floridays Resort Orlando, Grand Bohemian Hotel, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Lake Buena Vista, Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Orlando Airport, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Universal Orlando, Holiday Inn Express Universal Orlando, Holiday Inn Select Orlando East Ucf, Homewood Suites Orlando Nearest to Universal Studios, Homewood Suites Orlando UCF Area, Jw Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Monumental Movieland Hotel, Omni Orlando Resort At Championsgate, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, Palisades Resort Orlando A Sky Hotel & Resort, Renaissance Orlando At Seaworld/r/, Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Rodeway Inn Near Florida Mall, Rosen Centre Hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek, Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites Lake Buena Vista, The Fountains, Universals Hard Rock Hotel, Universals Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, and Universals Loews Royal Pacific Resort .
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 230 lodging properties in Orlando. 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 Orlando.
The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 35 Orlando 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 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.
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