Madison's Crowne Plaza East Towne Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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Crowne Plaza East Towne 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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It’s great to see Crowne Plaza East Towne joining 7 other eco-rated properties in Madison and earning their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating. I’m impressed with the progress hotels in Madison are making in being proactive for our environment.

Crowne Plaza East Towne becomes one of 8 lodging properties in Madison, WI to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 10 hotels in Madison have been rated environmentally friendly, and Crowne Plaza East Towne is one of 8 lodging properties 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 Travel Green Wisconsin - levels. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "It’s great to see Crowne Plaza East Towne joining 7 other eco-rated properties in Madison and earning their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating. I’m impressed with the progress hotels in Madison are making in being proactive for our environment."

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 - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conservation initiatives are in-place - 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 - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - the entire property is non-smoking - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Crowne Plaza East Towne Environmental Self-Audit.

Hotels in Madison are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Crowne Plaza East Towne 8 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 8 lodging properties are Crowne Plaza East Towne, The Dahlmann Campus Inn and Chancellors Club, Radisson Hotel Madison, Days Inn of Madison, Comfort Inn and Suites East Town Mall Area, Comfort Suites Madison, Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Madison West Wi, and Baymont Inn and Suites Madison West.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Crowne Plaza East Towne is one of 8 Madison 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 Crowne Plaza East Towne contact them at 1-608-244-4703 or visit crowneplaza.com/madison-etown.

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.

Contact:    
Richard Varner
602-864-5553
rvarner(at)istaygreen(dot)org

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