It's great to see these properties want to share with the travelers what they're doing to be 'Green
Orlando, Florida (Vocus) May 26, 2010
Currently 33 hotels in Orlando, FL (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Orlando/st/FL) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. 12 of the 33 properties have completed the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. Ratings range from 1 Green Eco-Leaf to 5 Green Eco Leaf and are summarized as follows:
- 1 Green Eco-Leaf - Acceptable
- 2 Green Eco-Leaf - Good
- 3 Green Eco-Leaf - Very Good
- 4 Green Eco-Leaf - Excellent
- 5 Green Eco-Leaf - Exceptional
Properties that have completed the 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey are Holiday Inn Select Orlando East UCF, Renaissance Orlando Hotel at Seaworld, Sheraton Orlando North Hotel, Homewood Suites Orlando UCF Area, Universal’s Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Embassy Suites Orlando - International Drive South - Convention Center, Rosen Centre Hotel, Sheraton Safari Hotel and Suites Lake Buena Vista, Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, Blue Tree Resort, Holiday Inn Express Universal Orlando, and Best Western Movieland Orlando .
All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "It’s great to see these properties want to share with the travelers what they’re doing to be ‘Green” by earning the Green Eco-Leaf Rating and taking the environmental lead among 230 lodging properties in Orlando. We anticipate many more hotels in the area will follow suit and share with the public what they’re doing to be eco friendly too."
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 - energy sensor initiatives are in-place - HVAC control system installed - off-grid alternative energy source utilized - 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 - 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 - 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 - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms - plus much more. iStayGreen.org allows you to filter your search to show only the environmentally friendly hotels in Orlando.
The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 33 Orlando lodging properties that have achieved 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.
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.
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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