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Greening your hotel stay

You can encourage and support green hotel practices.

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Hotels provide a vital service in a mobile society -- and they face challenges that are unique because of the need to provide clean, enjoyable, value-added services to one stranger after another. Some hotels are making progress in reducing their impact on community resources. In California some of these lodging options are part of the "Green Lodging" program sponsored by the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Green operations are sustainable for businesses as well as the community. Here's why...

Why "Green" Hotels?

  • Average-sized hotels purchase more products in one week than 100 families do in a year. At least 50 percent of those purchases can easily be environmentally preferable products.
  • Waste generation can be as high as 30 pounds per room per day; as much as 80 percent of these materials can be recycled.
  • Hospitality industry spends $3.7 billion a year on energy. Electricity use accounts for 60-70 percent of the utility costs of a typical hotel. Energy-efficient products and practices can reduce energy consumption, therefore lowering energy costs.
  • Two percent of California's food waste comes from the hotel and lodging industry (112,000 tons per year). This food waste can be composted and/or donated to charities.
  • Typical hotels use 218 gallons of water per day per occupied room. Water-efficient fixtures can reduce water and sewer bills by 25-30 percent.
When you stay in a hotel, you can ask if they are "green"...if they recycle food and paper; if they provide an option to not change your sheets and towels every day.

By asking...and honoring such common sense approaches to conservation within your own comfort zone, you can make a significant contribution to greening our communities.

We have the technology...now we need the human will to make continuous progress toward more sustainable communities.

For a list of "Green Lodging" choices in California, visit the directory at the California "Green Lodging" website.



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