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

27 Hotels in Seattle are listed as environmentally friendly and the Westin Seattle becomes the most recent of 14 Seattle hotels that have 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 89 lodging properties in Seattle. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

Seattle, Washington (Vocus) July 29, 2010

Currently 27 hotels in Seattle, WA (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Seattle/st/WA) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. The Westin Seattle recently earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating to become the 14th Seattle hotel to complete 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, Best Western Pioneer Square Hotel, Red Lion On Fifth Avenue, Hotel Nexus, Renaissance Seattle, Alexis Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel, Hotel Andra, The Moore Hotel, The Edgewater, Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, Best Western Executive Inn., Grand Hyatt Seattle, and Seattle Pacific Hotel. Other Seattle properties that are listed in the iStayGreen.org Directory of Environmentally Friendly Lodging as "Green" include Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, Hotel Monaco - A Kimpton Hotel, Hotel Vintage Park Kimpton, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Towers, Silver Cloud Inn Lake Union, Silver Cloud Inn University, Sixth Avenue Inn, The Paramount Seattle, The Roosevelt A Coast Hotel, The Warwick Seattle Hotel, Travelodge Seattle University 2, University Inn, and W Seattle Hotel.

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 89 lodging properties in Seattle. 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 Seattle.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 27 Seattle 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.

About iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,600 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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