Earlier this summer, Travelocity released its list of “Cutting-Edge Green Hotels.”  While it is always interesting to learn about new innovative sustainable practices being implemented, unfortunately, many of the sustainable practices mentioned in such articles are difficult to replicate.  While not every hotel can have a garden on its roof or generate its own electricity, there are many sustainable practices that every hotel, restaurant or attraction can implement that lead to everyday savings.  For example, replacing older exit signs with LED exit signs is an easy way to be more energy efficient that also helps reduce utility costs.  Developing policies that take into account Energy Star options when any new equipment is purchased ensures that efforts to save energy are maintained at all levels of an organization.  And while setting office equipment to sleep mode when not in use probably will not get a property mentioned in a national travel magazine, it will help save energy every day.  For more examples of everyday, implementable sustainable practices, download any of the Center for Sustainable Tourism’s tip sheets.  For more information on sustainability in tourism, contact Tom Rhodes at the N.C. Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach, or Alex Naar at (252) 737-1346.


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