13 Hotels in Portland Have Now Been Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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16 Hotels in Portland are listed as environmentally friendly and the The Mark Spencer Hotel becomes the most recent of13 Seattle hotels that have 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.

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Simple changes helped these properties to earn their Green Eco-Leaf Rating and take the environmental lead among the 98 lodging properties in Portland. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

Currently 16 hotels in Portland, OR (istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Portland/st/OR) are listed as environmentally friendly with iStayGreen.org. The Mark Spencer Hotel recently earned a 5 Green Eco-Leaf Rating to become the 13th Portland hotel to complete 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, Hilton Garden Inn Portland Airport, Inn At the Convention Center, Red Lion Portland Convention Center, Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown Lloyd Center, Doubletree Hotel Portland, Marriott Portland City Center, Red Lion Hotel On the River - Jantzen Beach, Hilton Portland and Executive Tower, Embassy Suites Portland Downtown, Fairfield Inn by Marriott Portland Airport, Residence Inn by Marriott Downtown River Place, and The Heathman Hotel. Other Portland properties that are listed in the iStayGreen.org Directory of Environmentally Friendly Lodging as "Green" include Hotel Vintage Plaza - A Kimpton Hotel, Silver Cloud Inn Portland Downtown, and University Place Hotel And Conference Center .

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Simple changes helped these properties to earn their Green Eco-Leaf Rating and take the environmental lead among the 98 lodging properties in Portland. 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: 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 Portland.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While there are currently only 16 Portland 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 iStayGreen.org.

About iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,600 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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