| Green Travel News |
Hotels in Washington, D.C., Stone Mountain (Georgia) and San Francisco get this year’s Good Earthkeeping honors. This recognition comes from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, as part of its annual Stars of the Industry Awards, which have been given out annually since 1966.
Hotel George in Washington, D.C.—a Kimpton Hotel—won for its work implementing Kimpton’s corporate philosophy of EarthCare throughout their operations. The hotel uses environmentally friendly cleaning products, offers discounts for parking hybrid vehicles, has installed a state-of-the-art energy-saving system, offers organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines at its hosted wine reception, serves complimentary organic and fair trade-certified coffees and teas and much more.
The Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain has achieved national and international recognition for its environmental efforts, including being recertified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in the Audubon International Golf Course Program; creating an Evergreen Habitat program, which features gardens throughout the resort with birdbaths and feeders; expanding its nature trails; and implementing water conservation programs that have saved 100 million gallons of water since 2006.
The W San Francisco launched its eco-program, WORLD, in 2007. As a result, the hotel was the first commercial building in the city to install wind turbines on the roof and offer carbon-neutral events, served as a pilot hotel for a city-wide plastic bag recycling program and spearheaded the creation of green initiatives to market San Francisco as a green destination. More than 70 percent of guestroom lighting and 90 percent of back-of-house lighting is energy efficient and 80 percent of waste is recycled. In 2010, the property became only one of seven U.S. hotels to be certified LEED EB Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council.