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Florida’s Lodging Facilities Play On Shades Of Green

July 21, 2009

~Florida Green Lodging Program continues to see membership growth~

florida-green-lodging-program2TALLAHASSEE – Fifteen new properties recently joined the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Lodging Program. The program now touts a total of 555 designated properties, proving that lodging facilities continue to see the value in green.

“Florida’s lodging industry is seeing the benefits of adopting green practices,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn. “By conserving resources, cutting costs and improving their bottom line, hotels are not only protecting Florida’s environment but making choices that are good for business.”

florida-green-lodging-program-11Florida Green Lodging properties implement environmentally friendly practices that conserve natural resources. To become a designated member of the voluntary program, lodging facilities adopt cost-saving green practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality and reduce waste. New designations statewide include:

Northeast

Fairfield Inn and Suites Jacksonville Airport, Jacksonville
Reitz Union Hotel, Gainesville

Central

Crowne Plaza Orlando Airport, Orlando
Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort, Orlando
Night Swan Intracoastal Bed and Breakfast, New Smyrna Beach
Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista
The Peabody, Orlando
Wingate by Wyndham, Orlando

Southwest

St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, St. Petersburg

South

Coconut Beach Resort, Key West
Dove Creek Lodge, Key Largo
Fairfield Inn and Suites, Key West
Kenilworth Lodge, Sebring
Shell Point Guest House, Fort Myers
Sunset Key Guest Cottages, Key West

Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. As reward for designation, the state is recommending designated properties in the Florida Green Lodging Program to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging.

DEP’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives is comprised of three voluntary, non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting the environment. The Clean Marina Program, the Clean Vessel Act grant program and the Florida Green Lodging Program offer a variety of services including consultations, speakers and workshops, all at no cost to citizens or organizations. The goal of the Sustainable Initiatives programs is to meet the needs of the present population without compromising resources for future generations. To learn more about DEP’s Sustainable Initiatives, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/green.

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