Environmentally Friendly Hotels in the South

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With Earth Day approaching on April 22, ConventionSouth Media Group wants to highlight hotels in the South that are reducing their carbon footprint and going green!

Below is an on-going list of environmentally friendly hotels. Do you know any additional hotels that should be added? Email Kayla Head at khead@coveypubs.com.

*Don’t forget to add the Green Certified symbol to your 2017 Directory Listing. Contact Ashley Brokowsky for more information.

ALABAMA:

Making Green Choices in Birmingham: The Sheraton Birmingham Hotel has achieved a 4 Green Key rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. The Sheraton Birmingham adopted the first hotel airport shuttle in the state of Alabama that runs on clean natural compressed gas and installed an ozone machine in the laundry department that allows all hotel linens to be washed in cold water.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in Huntsville: At Element Huntsville, waste reduction practices are applied wherever possible with an extensive recycling program integrated throughout the hotel. This hotel has installed water-efficient faucets and fixtures to reduce the waste of water per guest room, and all kitchens are fully-equipped with ENERGY STAR® rated appliances.

ARKANSAS:

GreeNWAy Initiative in Fayetteville: The Courtyard by Marriott Fayetteville is a Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce GreeNWAy Initiative certified hotel. This program was started by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce in 2010 to recognize businesses for their sustainability processes and to promote environmental awareness.

It Feels Good to Conserve in Bentonville: As part of the Four Points by Sheraton Bentonville‘s green initiatives program, they offer 250 Starwood Preferred Guest Starpoints® awarded at checkout for each night (excluding the day of departure) that you decline housekeeping.

Sustainability in Texarkana: The Holiday Inn Texarkana Arkansas Convention Center, attached to the Arkansas Convention Center, is an IHG Green Engage Hotel.

FLORIDA:

Green Meetings in Orlando: The Rosen Green Meetings Initiative at Rosen Hotels & Resorts includes environmentally friendly methods to manage waste, energy use, water conservation, and clean air practice and promotion.

Conservation in Bonita Springs: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point‘s conservation efforts includes water conservation, power conservation, waste management sensors on the garbage compactors and an energy management system that programs all HVAC, site lighting, pool equipment, pumps, etc. This hotel also offers a green initiative for meeting planners.

Eco-Friendly Meetings at the Omni Orlando: From reusing table linens and providing wipe off boards for signage to serving organic foods and utilizing water coolers instead of individual bottles, the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate is dedicated to helping meeting professionals plan eco-friendly meetings!

Making Earth a Better Place in Central Florida: The Vero Beach Hotel and Spa uses nontoxic cleaning supplies, extensively recycle, minimize our water consumption, and serve organic coffee. This initiative is part of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurant‘s program to make their properties and Earth a better place.

Zero Waste in Key West: Waste Management and Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Key West teamed up to make Florida’s first-ever Zero Waste event a success – 90.3 percent of all waste generated was recycled and the remaining 9.7 percent turned into renewable energy.

  • GEORGIA:

Ellis Hotel’s Clean the World Initiative:  The Ellis Hotel, downtown Atlanta’s only independent boutique hotel, has donated 50 pounds of soap and bath amenities to the Clean the World program since joining in October 2014. In addition to recycling with Clean the World, The Ellis Hotel was the fourth hotel in the state of Georgia to earn the prestigious Green Seal Silver certification for sustainable practices.

Gardening at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta: Why buy food when you can grow your own? Hyatt Regency Atlanta has created and maintained its own urban garden which provides many vegetables and herbs for the chefs of the hotel’s restaurants.

LOUISIANA:

Oyster Shell Recycling in New Orleans: Drago’s Seafood Restaurant at Hilton New Orleans Riverside has partnered with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in its Oyster Shell Recycling Program. As part of the program, Drago’s donates oyster shells to be placed back in coastal waters as reefs, creating a sustainable, native oyster habitat that will clean and filter the water, stabilizing the shoreline.

MISSOURI:

Going Green in St. Louis: The Moonrise Hotel‘s sustainability efforts include a sixty-foot solar canopy over the Rooftop Terrace Bar and the roof of the Rooftop Twilight Room, an Electric Vehicle Charging Station that allows overnight hotel guests to re-charge their electric cars for free, a property-wide recycling program and more.

NORTH CAROLINA:

A Green Building in Greensboro: Proximity Hotel is the first hotel in America to receive the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The design and construction of the hotel follows guidelines of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The Proximity Hotel’s green initiative includes over 70 sustainability practices.

SOUTH CAROLINA:

Green Vacations in Myrtle Beach: Landmark Resort‘s green practices include recycling, on-site green equipment and ENERGY STAR qualified products.

TENNESSEE:

Green Hospitality in Nashville: The Hutton Hotel is recognized by Tennessee Hospitality Association for being green-minded from the ground-up. In fact, it is a re-purposed and re-designed office building. This hotel’s green initiative includes card readers that disable guest room lighting when a guest exits, a recycling program for paper and plastics, highly efficient mechanical systems and blink electric car charging stations

Preserving the Smoky Mountains: The Park Vista DoubleTree has green initiatives and programs to help preserve the Smoky Mountains. These initiatives include energy efficient lighting; weather-proofing outdoor entrances, minimizing electrical and gas consumption; locally purchasing fruits and vegetables and more.

TEXAS:

LEED Certified Omni Hotel in Dallas: Not only is the Omni Dallas Hotel a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold-certified hotel, but it also offers OmniLink, an eco-friendly tool for meeting planners that puts agendas, maps and more information all at the fingertips of attendees.

Zero Waste in Austin: The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin is accredited as a Zero Waste hotel, one of the few in America. Since 2014, they’ve successfully kept the 90% diversion rate of waste, thanks to many factors including an in-room composting program, required to maintain this accreditation.

VIRGINIA:

Sustainability in Roanoke: The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center‘s green initiative includes eco-friendly guest amenities as well as environmentally friendly meetings, conferences and events in our facility.