7 Hotels in Miami Beach Have Now Been Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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13 Miami Beach Hotels are listed as environmentally friendly and 7 have recently been awarded the 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.

Currently 13 hotels in Miami Beach, FL (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Miami%20Beach/st/FL) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. 7 of the 13 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 Majestic Hotel South Beach, Hotel Nash, Clifton Hotel, Carlton Hotel South Beach, Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach, The Strand Ocean Drive and Raleigh Miami Beach. Other Miami Beach properties that are listed in the iStayGreen.org Directory of Environmentally Friendly Lodging as "Green" include The Standard Miami Beach, Teasers, Shore Club A Morgans Hotel, Hilton GV South Beach, Fontainebleau Miami Beach, and Doubletree Surfcomber South Beach.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "These hotels have taken environmental lead among the 166 lodging properties in Miami Beach becoming eco-friendly and earning the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Reducing carbon footprint and insuring a more sustainable travel for the future is catching on in Florida. Recently Bellasera Hotel became one of five Naples Hotels and the Holiday Inn Sarasota Lakewood Ranch is among the six green Sarasota Hotels that have become environmentally friendly."

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place by these hotels include: an on-site Green Team has - low energy lighting - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - 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 - low water consumption landscaping - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - 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..

Florida continues to encourage properties to earn the one or two palm rating offered through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Green Lodging Program. There are several other cities in Florida that have excellent green representation. There are currently three Jacksonville Hotels including the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, in nearby Key West Hotels the The Westin Key West Resort and Marina just earned the 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and Courtyard Lake Buena Vista At Vista Center located in the heart of Orlando's world famous attractions near Lake Buena Vista Hotels. The Crowne Plaza Grand Hotel is rated highest among Pensacola Hotels with 3 Green Eco-Leafs, the The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa is the Green selection among Hollywood Hotels, and if you plan to visit Busch Gardens there are 16 eco-friendly Tampa Hotels to choose from.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 7 Miami Beach 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 simplify finding "Green" lodging iStayGreen.org allows you to filter your search to show only the environmentally friendly hotels in Miami Beach.

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 4,200 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.

Richard Varner


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