Green Hotels and Resorts – Sustainability Resources
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Hotel and Resort Articles
Over the last several decades, we’ve seen a growing awareness amongst hoteliers and investors with regard to the environmental and social impacts of hotel development and operations. As a result, hotel sustainability issues have permeated nearly every aspect of the hospitality industry.
We’ve known for some time that LEED certification helps cut operating costs for all kinds of commercial buildings, including hotels. But we wanted to get a handle on whether LEED also could improve revenues for hotels. This is a big issue for the hotel industry, since the top line, which we measure as revenue per available room (RevPAR), is a major measure of a hotel’s success.
This article provides hotel developers, owners, and managers with examples of green strategies that have been used by LEED-certified projects. The information will help project teams and hotel executives better understand the types of strategies, investments and benefits associated with LEED projects.
Several studies have indicated that economic benefits can be gained in hotels through implementing environmental and social initiatives; many with little or no capital. In addition to cost benefits, there are also benefits to choosing an environmentally sustainable strategy.
These are easy-to-use lists of green practices that will help you learn about what makes a hotel green. Topics include: Commitment to Environmental Practices, Recycling and Reuse, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Lighting, Water Efficiency and Conservation, Landscape, Pest Management, Hazardous and Toxic Substances, Transportation, and Purchasing.
According to TripAdvisor almost 25% of Americans are consciously trying to make eco-friendly choices when it comes to their hotel stays (including turning off the A/C before leaving the room and participating in the increasingly common hotel linen/towel re-use programs).
International travelers looking for a certain amount of “green” in their accomodations can now turn to TripAdvisor for help. The hotel review and booking website recently expanded its GreenLeaders program, which evaluates a property’s ecological and environmental friendliness (or “green” practices), to include properties Canada, Britain, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, in addition to those in the United States.
The efficacy of energy-efficiency solutions becomes increasingly clearer to the hospitality industry year after year. In fact, some of the most recognized hotel and resort brands are making increasingly more green decisions and taking the lead to implement best energy-efficiency practices throughout their properties.