9 Questions To Ask When Booking a 'Green' Hotel

9 Questions To Ask When Booking a 'Green' Hotel

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Jul 14, 2010

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:

  1. Is the hotel locally owned and operated? If not, is it at least staffed by local employees?
  2. What kind of recycling programs does the hotel have (aluminum, plastic, paper, gray water, composting)?
  3. Do guests have the option to reuse towels and sheets instead of having them changed every day?
  4. 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.
  5. How does the hotel contribute to the local community?
  6. Is the hotel near lines of public transportation? Or does it have a bike rental program?
  7. Does it serve local foods?
  8. Does it have a sustainable swimming pool?
  9. How does it maintain its grounds?

Read more at Planet Green.

(Image: The Good Hotel in San Francisco via Re-Nest)

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