Being in the commercial contracting industry for many years, I’ve had opportunities to see first hand the implementation of green building materials and factors that qualify for LEED certification. My real passion and life’s work is in the realm of eco-friendly use of facilities such as hotels. From my perspective, there’s much more to the process than just LEED certification. There’s a lot more to consider when making accommodations eco friendly.
As an example, factors of a responsible tourism award show by The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards, an Asian-based accommodation provider include a number of aspects. Categories range from community engagement and development to cultural preservation. Other categories include protection of natural areas and/or wildlife conservation, as well as resource efficiency. These all have a crucial stake in the future of our planet.
What does this mean? Well, it can involve the serving of local foods or even the installation of faucets and showerheads with automatic shut-off valves to save energy. A major destination in Las Vegas has worked to fill its facilities with various items that meet LEED certified standards. Recently the Las Vegas Palazzo Resort was named Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America. This is due to its self-sustaining elements and constant reuse of its own waste. With the amount of green hotels in Las Vegas going up, others need follow suite.
Hotels in NYC are also striving to reduce their carbon footprints through waste recycling and self-sustainability efforts. The ink48 Hotel features a program known as Earthcare. This program allows members to discuss what they’ve done to make a positive impact on the planet and brainstorm ideas about what they can continue to do in the future.
It’s refreshing and hopeful to see businesses taking a stride in the right direction by making their facilities operate sustainably. It’s even better when I’ve been able to contribute directly to such efforts. Just last year, Las Vegas boasted more than 124,000 hotel rooms and nearly 40,000,000 travelers. It’s a no brainer to think that every travel business owner should be making efforts to incorporate eco- friendly accommodations for their valued guests.