Irving House At Harvard just earned their 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating but they've been Green for several years. 3 years ago they were awarded the ENERGY STAR for Hospitality by the EPA. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.
Cambridge, MA (Vocus) July 28, 2009
Irving House At Harvard becomes one of 2 lodging properties in Cambridge, MA to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 6 hotels in Cambridge (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Cambridge/st/MA) have been rated environmentally friendly, and Irving House At Harvard is one of 2 lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 4 Green Eco-Leafs, which is an "Excellent" rating.
All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Irving House At Harvard just earned their 4 Green Eco-Leaf Rating but they've been Green for several years. 3 years ago they were awarded the ENERGY STAR for Hospitality by the EPA. 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: 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 - an on-site Green Team has been created - low energy lighting initiatives are in-place - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - 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 - 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 - low VOC materials (paint, adhesives, air freshener, carpet) are used at the property - bulk amenities and soaps are dispensed in guestrooms - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Irving House At Harvard Environmental Self-Audit (istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/11303302).
Hotels in Massachusetts are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Irving House at Harvard 10 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The other rated Cambridge hotel is The Charles Hotel In Harvard Square; 5 Boston hotels that are Green Eco-Leaf Rated include the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel, Fifteen Beacon, Seaport Hotel and Seaport World, The Lenox Hotel, and Omni Parker House; the Ambassador Inn And Suites located in South Yarmouth and Comfort Inn and Suites Boston-Airport located in Revere have also earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating..
The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Irving House at Harvard is one of 2 Cambridge 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. Hyannis Hotels,Lenox hotels, Provincetown hotels, and Woburn hotels are also listed at iStayGreen.org as environmentally friendly but have not yet earned their eco-leaf rating. 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 Irving House At Harvard contact them at 617-547-4600 or visit irvinghouse.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.
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 3,500 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.