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Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing?

Before You Book: Eco-Friendly Hotel Or Just Greenwashing? Oct 16th, 2013 at 9:00AM: velo_city, Flickr We've all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they're doing their part to save the environment. Don't want towels changed in order to save water? Just hang 'em up, and the housekeeper will know that you're a carbon footprint-savvy traveler. Sure. I can count on half of one hand the number of hotels that have actually paid...

Denver's Union Station undergoing LEED Gold makeover

Denver's Union Station undergoing LEED Gold makeover Jan 6th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The historic Union Station in Denver, Colorado, will soon be undergoing a major restoration project that will turn it into one of the most progressive transportation hubs in the United States. According to Inhabitat, the project is aiming for LEED Gold certification and will preserve the train hub that connects the Amtrak system with regional modes of transport, like Colorado's celebrated...

New visitor center opens at Yellowstone's Old Faithful

New visitor center opens at Yellowstone's Old Faithful Sep 13th, 2010 at 8:00AM: On August 24th, the National Park Service opened a new $27 million dollar visitor center near Old Faithful in Yellowstone. The high tech and environmentally friendly building replaces an older visitor center that originally opened in 1972 and struggled to keep up with traffic in recent years, which have seen record numbers of visitors to the park. Officially dubbed the Old Faithful Visitor...

Golf legend Arnold Palmer signs SpringHill hotel project

Golf legend Arnold Palmer signs SpringHill hotel project Jul 28th, 2010 at 1:00PM: Golf master Arnold Palmer can now add "hotelier" to his impressive resume. Palmer is partnering with Concord Hospitality Enterprises to build a 109-key SpringHill Suites by Marriott hotel near his Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania. The hotel will be jointly owned by Palmer Hospitality LP, Concord and Keith H. McGraw, is slated to open late next year. What can guests expect? A lot of...

Marriott introduces first LEED green hotel prototype

Marriott introduces first LEED green hotel prototype Jul 25th, 2010 at 11:30AM: South Carolina is now home to the first Marriott LEED green hotel prototype. The Courtyard Charleston/Summerville will be the hotel's flagship green property, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The new Courtyard hotel will open in early 2010 and will introduce the first phase of The Parks of Berkley, a community consisting of 5,000 acres and one of the largest planned...

Boston Logan airport going green - runways included

Boston Logan airport going green - runways included Sep 20th, 2009 at 1:00PM: Usually, when people think about "green initiatives", they think recycled toilet paper and dimmed lighting. At Boston Logan, they are taking an entirely new approach - starting with their newest runway repaving. Instead of repaving the runway with the common asphalt mix, Logan is using a European developed warm-mix covering. The mix is heated at much lower temperatures, and the environmental...

Denver's Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast is eco-chic

Denver's Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast is eco-chic Aug 15th, 2009 at 11:00AM: At Denver's Queen Anne Bed and Breakfast, the mission statement is clear. Comfort, style and luxury can co-exist with sustainable, eco-friendly practices. And when it comes to green initiatives, Milan Doshi, the b&b's owner, seems to have thought of everything. The bedding, the paint, the food, the labor - every aspect of the b&b was specifically chosen to be as green as possible. ...

Gadling hotel review - Hotel Arista, Naperville, IL

Gadling hotel review - Hotel Arista, Naperville, IL Aug 12th, 2009 at 10:00AM: The Hotel Arista describes itself as "eco-chic", and after my first stay here, I've got to agree with that description. The hotel is located in the western Chicago suburb of Naperville. About 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, the hotel is easy to reach as it is right off the expressway. ...

Inside Westin's new green hotels: element

Inside Westin's new green hotels: element Aug 10th, 2009 at 2:00PM: In today's hotel landscape, there are two types of green hotels: those that incorporate a few eco-nuggets to act green, and those that are truly, organically green. Westin's element hotels are the latter. Designed as a chic, modern competitor to Marriott Residence Inns, element hotels are longer-term properties that boast all of the amenities of an apartment while retaining the comfort and ease...

How green is your hotel?

How green is your hotel? Aug 7th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Not too long ago, any hotel that had one of those "please reuse your towels" signs in the bathroom was considered "green". But with new hotels upping the ante by adding more features that reduce waste and environmental impact, it takes a lot more than that to truly be green. Here are some of the greenest hotel features to look for in an eco-friendly hotel. Sheet and Towel Reuse Programs...

Eco-Friendly HALL Wines Earns Gold LEED Certification

Eco-Friendly HALL Wines Earns Gold LEED Certification Aug 5th, 2009 at 2:30PM: The first time I tasted HALL Cabernet Sauvignon, I will nibbling a cheese plate bar side at Fleming's Steakhouse and Wine Bar. After asking our bartender sommelier for his recommendation for a big, hearty red, he poured me a taste of the 2005 HALL Cab. Is that black cherry I'm getting? Or perhaps a little oak mixed with leather and currants? I'm certainly no wine expert, unless you consider...

Justin Timberlake opens eco-friendly golf course

Justin Timberlake opens eco-friendly golf course Jul 26th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Justin Timberlake - singer, dancer, actor, restaurateur, golfer, and. . . eco-innovator? That's right, the guy who "brought sexy back" is also responsible for the first Platinum LEED certified golf course in the United States. The course also received the first Audubon International Classic Sanctuary certification in the U.S. The Memphis, Tennessee golf course, originally called Woodstock Woods,...

Element Hotels: made for do-it-yourself foodies

Element Hotels: made for do-it-yourself foodies Jul 24th, 2009 at 2:00PM: Back in 2006, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. made a bit of history when it launched the first hotel brand that requires all of its hotels to pursue LEED certification. Element Hotels, which are designed for longer stays and come complete with multi-purpose, modular furniture, flat-screen televisions and fully equipped ENERGY-STAR appliances are not only aesthetically appealing, but...

Champagne and rub-down in Jackson Hole

Champagne and rub-down in Jackson Hole May 19th, 2009 at 7:30AM: Before you skip this as "just another travel deal" – as I almost did – consider the combination of mountain air, spa treatments and the taste of champagne. The "Ultimate Chill" package from Hotel Terra Jackson Hole includes all this within a LEED-certified eco-boutique, so you don't need to feel guilty while enjoying this touch of pleasure. Get your weary arms, legs and back rubbed...

Outside magazine proclaims "best new eco-getaways"

Outside magazine proclaims Feb 25th, 2008 at 10:20AM: If the state of the environment concerns you, or if you're looking for a good excuse to spend some money on an environmentally friendly, swanky place, March's Outside magazine has some suggestions. Their 'best new eco-getaways" in the United States are: The Lodge at Sun Ranch in Cameron, Montana. There is a green tour of the ranch to see its sustainability practices. The magazine mentions its...

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