Augustine Beach's La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites 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.

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Simple changes helped La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 1st lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites becomes one of 1st lodging properties in Augustine Beach, FL to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites is first of the hotels in Augustine Beach (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/AugustineBeach/st/FL ) 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 Florida Green Lodging Program - levels. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of the 1st 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 -- 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 -- eco-incentive programs have been created for staff -- water conservation initiatives are in-place -- water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures- -- recycle containers are located around the property common areas -- 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 -- plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/90002508 ).

Hotels in Florida are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites 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 Doubletree Grand Key Resort, Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites Lake Buena Vista, Doubletree Hotel Tallahassee, Radisson Resort At the Port, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, and Crowne Plaza Riverfront.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites is one of 1st Augustine Beach 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 La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites contact them at 800-327-1462 or visit http://www.lafiestainn.com/ . To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit http://www.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.

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