Finding a green hotel while on vacation is probably easier than you think. Thanks to more and more people realizing the importance of our effect on the environment more and more businesses are making drastic changes to reduce their harmful effects.
Operated by Accor North America, the Motel 6 chain abides by the Accor environmental policy. By reducing energy and water usage, using EcoLab laundry and cleaning products, having a corporate office recycling program and using recycled paper and soy ink, the Accor Corporation is helping make their business green. The great news there is a Motel 6 in almost every town in the US making it easy to find while out on the road.
Great Wolf Lodge
The family water park and resort has earned the Green Seal Certification for all 12 of their US locations. They are the first chain to undergo this phenomenal task. But they are not done yet! They have now launched the Green Wolf Project to go a step further to find more efficient ways of saving water, energy and educating the public. So not only are the Great Wolf properties a great family fun attraction it is also the perfect stay for the eco-tourist family!
The all green division of Westin Hotels, Element hotels has "a brand-wide commitment to pursue the US Green Building Council’s LEEP Certification." The LEEP certification is the standard certification that a building needs in order to be deemed “Green". With carpet made from recycled materials, low VOC paints, to an open air lobby the Element hotels are an excellent choice for a green hotel stay.
With 38 locations in the US alone Marriott hotels are easy to find in every major city destination. It’s not hard to believe that a well known name like Marriott has jumped on the green bandwagon and put policies in place to reduce their effect on the environment. Marriott Spirit to Preserve includes measures to help and save the rainforest, reduction of water and energy use, green buildings and using green products. Marriott’s full transformation is not complete, but they are actively pursuing a variety of measures to make their hotels green.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
The 4 star chain of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants have won many awards for their green hotels and active policies to green their hotels. The California EPA has awarded several of their California locations with the EPA Green Lodging award, as well as having their Chicago destinations earn the Green Seal Lodging certification. Kimpton Chicago offers a program for hybrid drivers including free parking and discounts on meals and rooms. Not only are they working hard to make the transition to all green hotels but they also award those who are also helping the environment.