5 Hotels in Sterling Virginia Have Now Been Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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5 Sterling Hotels are listed as environmentally friendly having been recently 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.

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These hotels have taken environmental lead among the 14 lodging properties in Sterling becoming eco-friendly and earning the Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

Currently 5 hotels in Sterling, VA (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Sterling/st/VA) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. The five 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 Best Western Dulles Airport Inn, Hampton Inn Dulles-Cascades, Hampton Suites Washington Dulles Airport, SpringHill Suites Dulles, and Towneplace Suites Sterling. All five Sterling Virginia properties have earned the 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

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 14 lodging properties in Sterling 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 Virginia. Recently Best Western Mount Vernon became the first of Alexandria hotels to be rated and similarly The Founders Inn and Spa one of the Virginia Beach hotels. Eco-rated Arlington hotels include the Holiday Inn National Airport and Crowne Plaza National Airport, and McLean hotels include Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner and Courtyard by Marriott Tysons Corner. Among the nearby Washington DC hotels 13 properties are listed as environmentally friendly in the iStayGreen.org Directory but only the Park Hyatt Washington has received the Green Eco-Leaf Rating.

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 many other sustainable practices.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the five Sterling hotels are among only a handful of Virginia 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. We anticipate in the near future to add rated properties from Williamsburg hotels, Virginia Beach Hotels, and Richmond hotels.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 17 Virginia lodging properties that have achieved the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, it is likely that many other properties in the state 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 Sterling.

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.

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Richard Varner
602-864-5553

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