A list of the top ten eco-friendly hotels in the US is linked below, and includes hotels that are LEED certified, hotels that use ladybugs as pesticides, recycled carpet for their floors, non-toxic paints, etc. Their home cities include San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Vancouver, and Austin.
A search engine for green hotels across the world can be found here.
Be sure to look at the hotels that are independently rated as eco-friendly, such as Chelsea’s links, since the hotel industry infamously jumped on the green bandwagon, often without becoming eco-friendly. In fact it was hotels that first inspired the term “greenwashing,” the practice of businesses falsely claiming to be environmentally friendly to increase sales.
The Top 10 Eco-friendliest Hotels in the nation (according to outtraveler.com) are:
1. The Orchard Garden Hotel – San Francisco, CA
2. 70 Park Avenue – New York City, NY
3. Gaia Napa – American Canyon, CA
4. Zion Lodge – Zion, UT
5. Hotel Triton – San Francisco, CA
6. Hilton – Vancouver, WA
7. Marriott – Bestheda, MD
8. Hotel Monaco – Seattle
9. Hotelito Desconocido – Jalisco, Mexico (not in the U.S. but still on the list)
10. Habitat Suites – Austin, TX
More detailed information on each of these hotels can be found here: http://www.outtraveler.com/top5lists/story.asp?did=744
Kimpton Hotels, which have locations across the United States, have developed the EarthCare Program that helps them to enact their green mission to support sustainability and using eco-friendly products and services. They use green cleaning products, use locally produced and organic products in their hotel restaurants, provide sustainable products in their meeting rooms, and provide tips for travellers looking to reduce their environmental impact as they travel. They’ve also partnered with The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land to help raise funding for projects. Check out the website below for more information and Kimptom Hotel locations.
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