Hotels Getting Greener and Greener
Expect more eco-friendly hotels to sprout up as chains and boutiques are becoming more environmentally conscious with certifications such as Energy Star, the Green Hotels Association and the prestigious LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
One of the hospitality leaders of this green trend is Marriott International, with plans to transform existing properties or build eco-friendly hotels, totaling 300 properties in the next five years.
Here are some ways hotels are starting to go “green” by saving energy, conserving water and reducing CO2 emissions:
- Motion sensors in spaces from public restrooms and meeting rooms to exercise rooms and closets
- Nontoxic materials and cleaning supplies
- Low-flow showerheads and toilets
- In-room and on-site recycling
- Toiletry dispensers in showers
- Green design elements like energy efficient windows
- Fluorescent bulbs
- Ceiling fans
- Linen cards (one of the easiest ways guests can help make a difference)
- Serving water by request in restaurants
Inspired to reduce your carbon footprint? Stay at Hotel Griffon in San Francisco for US$99 per night
or the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center for US$139 nightly
. One of the newest New York City eco-friendly hotels, the Element Times Square West, is now 45% off
, and the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront is US$119
on select dates in January and February.