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 form 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
Linen cards (one of the easiest ways guests can help make a difference)