Novato's Best Western Novato Oaks Inn Recognized for “Green” Efforts

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Best Western Novato Oaks Inn was recognized last week for its environmental initiatives earning the 3 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 Best Western Novato Oaks Inn 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.

Best Western Novato Oaks Inn becomes one of 1st lodging properties in Novato, CA to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 2 hotels in Novato (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Novato/st/CA) have been rated environmentally friendly, and Best Western Novato Oaks Inn is one of 1st 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 and additionally the property has completed the California Green Lodging Program and attained the Leadership Level. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped Best Western Novato Oaks Inn 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."

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 - energy sensor initiatives are in-place - HVAC control system installed - 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 - 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 - 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 Best Western Novato Oaks Inn Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/10194087).

Hotels in California are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Best Western Novato Oaks Inn 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. California lodging properties that have recently been awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating include Claremont Resort and Spa, Knights Inn Los Banos, Hotel Claremont and Tennis Club, Hotel Indigo San Diego Gaslamp Quarter , Orchard Hotel, and Kings Inn Hotel.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Best Western Novato Oaks Inn is one of 1st Novato 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 Best Western Novato Oaks Inn contact them at 415-883-4400 or visit http://novatooaksinn.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.

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

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