Portland's Red Lion Portland Convention Center Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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Red Lion Portland Convention Center has earned a 2 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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Portland is one of our Greener cities with a real focus on sustainability. It’s great to see the Red Lion Portland Convention Center earn their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 10 lodging properties that have earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating in Portland.

Red Lion Portland Convention Center becomes one of 10 lodging properties in Portland, OR to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 13 hotels in Portland have been rated environmentally friendly, and Red Lion Portland Convention Center is one of 10 lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 2 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Good" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Portland is one of our Greener cities with a real focus on sustainability. It’s great to see the Red Lion Portland Convention Center earn their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 10 lodging properties that have earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating in Portland."

The Red Lion Portland Convention Center has put in-place a number of eco-initiatives, among which 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 - water conservation initiatives are in-place - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - 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 - the entire property is non-smoking - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Red Lion Portland Convention Center Environmental Self-Audit.

Hotels in Portland are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Red Lion Portland Convention Center 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 6 lodging properties are Red Lion Portland Convention Center, Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown Lloyd Center, Doubletree Hotel Portland, Marriott Portland City Center, Red Lion Hotel On the River - Jantzen Beach, and Hilton Portland and Executive Tower.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Red Lion Portland Convention Center is one of 10 Portland 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 Red Lion Portland Convention Center contact them at 503-235-2100 or visit http://www.redlion.com/conventioncenter. 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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