• Eco friendly hotels using recycled grease, green roofs and geothermal heating

  • hotel_indigo.jpg I always preach – if you have the money, use it wisely and for relevance. A few hotels have shown that they are making huge efforts to save the earth and it is an example for others to follow. Hotel Indigo became the first LEED certified hotel in San Diego by introducing their green roofs. The hotel, part of the IHG group, features green roofs on the ninth and twelfth floors, a terrace bar with decking made from recycled plastic and wood fibers, a recycling and composting program, and preferential parking for fuel efficient vehicles. The hotel also has nature themed art and photography. The Comfort Inn becomes the first green hotel in Augusta using a geothermal heating system and 40% of the hotel’s electricity generated by solar panels on the roof. The hotel also features low flow faucets, low energy lights and infrared sensors which can alert frontdesk staff when lights are left on in empty rooms.

    The Fairmont hotels across the globe are continuing to set the standards for recycling kitchen cooking oil. The Fairmont Scottsdale has teamed up with an outside firm to transform leftover oil into fuel for vineyards and other businesses that rely on diesel, generators, forklifts and cars. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, transforms grease into fuel to power grounds equipment and two resort shuttle buses, and the Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland also turns leftover oils into power for its shuttle bus and other on-property equipment. Now this is what you call a will and having a way and all that.

    Posted in Topics:Recycle, Tags: , on July 21, 2009