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Florida Green Lodging Program Surpasses 500 Members

July 7, 2009

~Program’s growth offers variety for green-minded vacationers~

florida-green-lodging-program1TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Lodging Program recently designated its 500th property, the Holiday Inn University Center in Gainesville, among 42 others, bringing the program total to 540 designated properties. The soaring number of designated facilities offers the eco-conscious traveler scores of choices when considering lodging accommodations in Florida this summer.

“These 540 facilities are leaders in the lodging industry and prove that green is still growing in Florida,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn. “The state’s lodging industry serves more than 35 million guests annually and thanks to the commitment of the facilities, guests can choose from a wide variety of hotels, motels, bed & breakfasts and even cabins that protect and preserve Florida’s natural environment.”

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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

  • Amelia Island Plantation, Amelia Island
  • Courtyard by Marriott Jacksonville Flagler Center, Jacksonville
  • Courtyard by Marriott, Orange Park
  • Faraway Inn, Cedar Key
  • Holiday Inn St. Augustine Beach, St. Augustine
  • Holiday Inn University Center, Gainesville

Northwest

  • Hampton Inn on the Gulf, Fort Walton Beach

Central

  • Buena Vista Suites, Orlando
  • Celebration Hotel, Celebration
  • Fantasy Island II, Daytona Beach Shores
  • Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Orlando
  • Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Ocala Conference Center, Ocala
  • Marriott Cypress Harbour Resort, Orlando
  • Marriott’s Grande Vista, Orlando
  • Mission Inn Resort & Club, Howey-In-The-Hills
  • Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, LLC., Celebration
  • Orlando Vista Hotel, Orlando
  • Outrigger Beach Club, Ormond Beach
  • Radisson Resort Orlando-Celebration, Kissimmee
  • Sheraton Vistana Resort, Lake Buena Vista
  • Sleep Inn & Suites, Wildwood
  • The Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando

Southeast

  • Carlton Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach
  • Clifton Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach
  • Four Seasons Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Hampton Inn, Palm Beach Gardens
  • Hilton Garden Inn, West Palm Beach
  • Hotel Nash, Miami Beach
  • Majestic Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach
  • Residence Inn Plantation, Plantation
  • The Alexander Hotel, Miami Beach

Southwest

  • Courtyard by Marriott, Clearwater
  • Fairfield Inn and Suites Tampa North, Temple Terace
  • Hampton Inn, Ellenton
  • The Terrace Hotel, Lakeland
  • Wingate by Wyndham, Bradenton

South

  • Best Western Ft. Myers Inn and Suites, Ft. Myers
  • Comfort Inn and Suites Airport, Ft. Myers
  • Holiday Inn of Naples, Naples
  • La Quinta Inn and Suites Airport, Ft. Myers
  • Mango Street Inn, Ft. Myers
  • Marina Del Mar, Key Largo
  • Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort, Key Largo

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The Program’s growth is largely attributed to Governor Charlie Crist’s suite of 2007 executive orders aimed at reducing Florida’s greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and removing market barriers for renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind energy. Executive Order 07-126 required state agencies and departments under the direction of the Governor to contract for events only with hotels that had received the Florida Green Lodging Program.

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Building on the executive orders, in June 2008, Governor Crist signed House Bill 7135, “The Energy, Climate Change, And Economic Security Act Of 2008”, which expanded the Florida Green Lodging Program requirement to all state agencies. This comprehensive energy and economic development legislation also encompassed reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as encouraging investment in alternative and renewable energy technologies. To learn more visit www.myfloridaclimate.com.

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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