EARTH-FRIENDLY PRACTICES AT HOTELS HAVE FINANCIAL BENEFITS
Hotels are offering all kinds of green programs – because their business guests are demanding it and hotels are finding that green saves money. The National Business Travel Association has included “ecofriendly elements in hotel design and operations” for the first time at its annual summer convention. “When I’m at a hotel,” says one traveler, “I always look to see if they use compact fluorescent bulbs. Ideally, I’d be looking for a green roof and recycling facilities.” At one hotel chain, all front-desk computers run on wind power bought from a sustainable energy cooperative, and several of its golf courses are irrigated with recycled water. At another chain, heating and cooling are conducted via an energy-saving geothermal system, and water from sinks and showers will be recycled for use in toilets.
Environmental friendliness has become a high priority for business travelers. There are also financial benefits for hotels to installing light bulbs that use less energy or bathroom fixtures that limit water flow. Conservation measures are now considered smart investments.
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