Key West's The Reach Resort Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

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The Reach Resort has earned a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating this week by completing a 70 point comprehensive eco-audit survey administered by - the online social network of environmentally friendly travel.

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Simple changes helped The Reach Resort earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 8 lodging properties rated. It's great to see they're intent on insuring a more sustainable future in travel.

The Reach Resort becomes one of 8 lodging properties in Key West, FL to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 11 hotels in Key West have been rated environmentally friendly, and The Reach Resort is one of 8 lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by The property earned 3 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Great" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives Florida Green Lodging Program - levels. Richard Varner, founder of states: "Simple changes helped The Reach Resort earn their 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating and become one of 8 lodging properties rated. 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 - 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 - 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 - gray water is recycled - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - 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 - the entire property is non-smoking - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at The Reach Resort Environmental Self-Audit.

Hotels in Key West are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the The Reach Resort 6 other hotels have recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. The 6 lodging properties are Sheraton Suites Key West, Southernmost Hotel, The Reach Resort, Casa Marina Resort Beach Club, The Westin Key West Resort and Marina, and Eden House.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the The Reach Resort is one of 8 Key West 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 The Reach Resort contact them at 888-318-4316 or visit
To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit

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.

Richard Varner

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