Unless you have friends to stay with or have booked a room through AirBnB, chances are you'll be staying in a hotel at some point during your travels this summer. If you're looking for a hotel that conserves resources and has eco-friendly features and amenities, check out Planet Green's hotel checklist to help you gauge a hotel's level of green or greenwash:
- Is the hotel locally owned and operated? If not, is it at least staffed by local employees?
- What kind of recycling programs does the hotel have (aluminum, plastic, paper, gray water, composting)?
- Do guests have the option to reuse towels and sheets instead of having them changed every day?
- What programs does the hotel have to reduce consumption? Examples include energy-efficient lighting, low-flow toilets and showers, and alternative energy sources like solar or wind power.
- How does the hotel contribute to the local community?
- Is the hotel near lines of public transportation? Or does it have a bike rental program?
- Does it serve local foods?
- Does it have a sustainable swimming pool?
- How does it maintain its grounds?
Read more at Planet Green.
(Image: The Good Hotel in San Francisco via Re-Nest)