North American Coalition for Maintaining Mother Earth

Posted by Inigo On July - 17 - 2014 0 Comment

greenIn the past 10 years the green revolution has entered into every aspect of American lives. Whether it’s a Fortune 500 corporation or local diner, every person and industry has to be concerned about over consumption and preservation of the planet. But one specific industry that is often overlooked when it comes to the “green” stamp of approval is the hospitality/lodging industry. Too often do people ignore the fact that hotels, motels, resorts, lodges, and b&bs have a high rate of consumption and waste.

The hospitality industry spends over $7.5 billion on energy each year. The wide range of consumption for lodging includes food for guests, energy for lights and TVs, and high levels of water for cleaning and pools. Visitors underestimate the energy impact of their lodging because the main focus is on comfort and security rather than consumption levels. The next time you stay at a hotel, motel, inn or any places that offers a bed and continental breakfast, think twice before leaving the lights on or using all the towels.

Many hotels have developed techniques to inform their  guests about over consumption, either by digital information or subtle technologies like key card slots in order to use power. If you’re visiting a new hotel or lodging make sure to check their website or ask a clerk about their green initiatives. Most large chains have Climate Counts that score companies consumption levels. For smaller lodgings or local places double check to see if they are part of the Green Lodging Partnership Program.

Smaller outfits like the Settlers Inn in Pennsylvania takes $2.00 from every reservation as a donation that goes directly to conservation in the local natural areas. Lodgings like these not only are efficient in consumption levels, they are active in conservation awareness and funding. That’s a place anyone that believes in the preservation of the earth would love to stay at.

So next time you book a hotel, double check to see what they stand for. You’ll be surprised what amazing places you will find that are firmly established in a green initiative.


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