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ALICE SPRINGS, AUSTRALIA—The Crowne Plaza Alice Springs hotel set a new benchmark for Australia’s business sector and hotel industry when it switched on the largest building-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system in the Southern Hemisphere and began its $50,000 in-house energy efficiency program. The $3.3 million PV installation will reduce the hotel’s energy consumption by 40 to 80 percent.
OGUNQUIT, MAINE—The Meadowmere Resort is demonstrating that a small resort can thrive while continuously reducing its environmental impact. The property is operated with the belief that ecological and economic sustainability go hand in hand. Open year-round, the resort is an active member of Maine’s Green Lodging Certification program.
MILWAUKEE, WIS.—Travel Green Wisconsin, a voluntary certification program that recognizes tourism businesses for reducing their environmental footprint, recently announced that the Pfister Hotel has earned certification. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the Travel Green Wisconsin program is the nation’s first “green” travel program sponsored by a state tourism agency.
HONOLULU—Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa has recently been awarded the 2008 Energy Star seal of approval by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the fourth time in the past five years. Rated for its energy consumption on a scale from one to 100, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa scored 81 for its performance, the highest rating it has ever achieved.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced that its flagship Element hotel—Element Lexington—is the first Starwood hotel to earn Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and the first hotel in Massachusetts to achieve this prestigious rating.
ADELPHI, MD.—More than three years after earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification—it was the first hotel in the United States to do so—Marriott’s University of Maryland University College Inn and Conference Center (UMUC ICC) is continuing its efforts to reduce its impact on the environment.
INDIANAPOLIS—The Hilton Garden Inn Indianapolis, a hotel owned and operated by Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group, Inc., has requested a grant from the Indiana Department of Energy and Defense to install solar panels on the roof of the hotel. The initiative would make way for alternative energy use at the property.
GREENSBORO, N.C.—Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants and Hotels announced that The Proximity Hotel and Print Works Bistro have been awarded LEED Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED is the USGBC’s rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and high performing buildings.
ATLANTA—The Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) in Atlanta is continuing its commitment to the environment and its “green” guests. The property has recently been re-certified by Green Seal, converted to a new food waste elimination system, began recycling its waste cooking oil into fuel, and introduced single stream recycling. ECCH is the only Green Seal-certified hotel in Georgia.
PITTSFIELD, VT.—A two-year restoration that included relocating a farmhouse dating to the mid 1800s has created a new, highly eco-friendly, 16-room lodge called The Amee Farm, one mile north of Pittsfield, Vt. The Amee Farm restoration was undertaken by Michael Halovatch of New York City. Amee Farm is managed by Becky Mcmillian, chef/caretaker, and also by Chris Orosz, farm manager.
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