1,200th Hotel Earns Green Rating Through iStayGreen.org's Environmental Eco-Leaf Program

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On Friday of last week iStayGreen.org -- the online social network of environmentally friendly travel had its 1,200th lodging property earn the prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey.

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Every week dozens of properties are contacting us wanting to learn how they too can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

Recently The Doubletree Hotel -- Austin, Texas became the 1,200th lodging property to complete iStayGreen.org's online self-audit earning a 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 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.

Properties complete the comprehensive online self-audit and earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating ranging from one to five Eco-Leafs with 5 Green Eco-Leafs being the highest level attainable. Ratings are based on environmental initiatives in-place at the property. Only 20 properties have earned the coveted 5 Green Eco-Leaf Rating thus far; twelve in the United States, two in Canada, and one in each of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia, and Ecuador.

Around two thirds of the properties completing the self-audit fall between 2 and 3 Eco-Leafs on the Green rating scale. The Green Eco-Leaf Ratings breakdown as follows: 8% 4 Eco-Leafs, 30% 3 Eco-Leafs, 37% 2 Eco-Leafs, and 25% 1 Eco-Leaf. While 71% of "Green" lodging is located in the United States, a little more than one fourth of the iStayGreen.org audited properties are located outside the U.S., with 20% located in Canada and 5% divided fairly evenly between Australia/New Zealand and Great Britain.

Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "iStayGreen.org is continuing to experience dramatic growth as it helps hundreds of thousands of unique visitors each month find and book environmentally friendly hotels." He went on to say, "Every week dozens of properties are contacting us wanting to learn how they too can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating." At our current rate of growth it is anticipated that before the end of summer over 1,500 properties ranging from Luxury Class Hotels to Bed & Breakfasts will have received their Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. Properties completing the self-audit and earning the Green Eco-Leaf Rating range from luxury resorts to family run bed and breakfasts, and high rise metropolitan hotels to eco lodges. Some properties that have recently completed the online self-audit program include:

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel - Grand Rapids, MI
  • Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa - La Jolla, CA
  • Marriott Phoenix Mesa - Mesa, AZ
  • Moevenpick Amsterdam City - Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Sawridge Inn - Edmonton, Canada
  • Comfort Inn - Brandon, Canada
  • Renaissance - Palm Springs, CA
  • The Barron Brook Inn - Whitefield, NH
  • Marlin Cove Resort - Trinity Beach, Australia
  • Chateau Victoria Hotel and Suites - Victoria, Canada
  • Hampton Inn - Norco, CA
  • Residence Inn by Marriott - Mississauga, Canada
  • Travelodge Turlock - Turlock, CA
  • Candlewood Suites Secaucus - Secaucus, NJ
  • Hotel Grand Pacific - Victoria, Canada
  • Lauberge Del Mar - Del Mar, CA
  • The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Jasper, Canada
  • Tahoe City Inn - Tahoe City, CA
  • Moevenpick Hotel - Berlin, Germany
  • Holiday Inn Express Suites - Sequim, WA

Lodging properties are gaining significant marketing advantage by promoting their Green initiatives, especially when those initiatives have 3rd Party endorsement, such as the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. iStayGreen.org encourages all lodging properties to take advantage of this marketing opportunity and complete the environmental self-audit to earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Presently the self-audit is being provided at no cost. Upon completion, the property is awarded a badge that is displayed on their website creating "Green" Trust with the eco-concerned traveler.

To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or rvarner (at) istaygreen (dot) org.

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

Richard Varner


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