When it comes to hotel reservations, today's mindful traveler wants more than a good rate. They want an environmentally responsible night's sleep, too. Fortunately, the green movement is gathering momentum in lodging industry.
From family-run inns to plush resorts, more lodging is environmentally friendly than ever before.
Marriott International, one of the largest hotel chains in the world, exemplifies the new spirit of environmental responsibility. Their property in College Park, Maryland is the country's first LEED-certified hotel and conference center.
As General Manager Mike McCarthy explains, "Every facility in the hotel uses recyclable materials and energy-saving systems to ensure a positive impact on the environment. Marriott worked toward this goal from a corporate level, because it’s the right thing to do."
From composting in the kitchens to in-room recycling, the 248-room hotel is setting the standard for green lodging operation.
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