San Diego's Handlery Hotel and Resort Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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Handlery Hotel and Resort has earned a 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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Simple changes helped Handlery Hotel and Resort earn their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 20 lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel and have also earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating on their Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Francisco, CA.

Handlery Hotel and Resort becomes one of 20 lodging properties in San Diego, CA, to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 42 hotels in San Diego have been rated environmentally friendly, and Handlery Hotel and Resort is one of 20 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: "Simple changes helped Handlery Hotel and Resort earn their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 20 lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel and have also earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating on their Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Francisco, CA."

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 - 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 - 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 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 Handlery Hotel and Resort Environmental Self-Audit.

Hotels in San Diego are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Handlery Hotel and Resort 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 6 lodging properties are Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, Best Western Seven Seas, Homewood Suites San Diego Del Mar, Hilton Garden Inn San Diego Del Mar, Hotel Solamar - A Kimpton Hotel, and Comfort Inn and Suites Zoo Sea World Area.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Handlery Hotel and Resort is one of 20 San Diego 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 Handlery Hotel and Resort contact them at 619.298.0511 or visit http://www.handlery.com/sd/.

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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