• Are travelers willing to go green on the road?

    Be green. Be earth-conscious. Be sustainable.

    Earth day logoNumerous “eco-friendly” buzz words float around our culture and influence the day-to-day choices we make, but a recent survey shows that even the most environmentally-conscious travelers may choose to abandon their green habits when they’re on the road.

    One business traveler quoted in a CNN.com article said that he drives a hybrid, eats organic food and composts when he’s at home, but when he travels on business about 10 weeks per year, he uses a new towel every day.

    “I could care less about rewards for environmentally conscious behavior unless it’s miles,” Condon said in the article.

    According to the 2011 J.D. Power and Associates North America Hotel Guest Satisfaction Study, nearly 90 percent of hotel guests are offered to do something sustainable during their says. In addition to green elements like low-flow shower heads and toilets and energy-efficient light bulbs, the 2012 American Hotel & Lodging Association shows that:

    • More than 75% of U.S. hotels have linen and towel reuse programs
    • 59% have guest or internal recycling programs
    • 46% have a water-saving program


    Many hoteliers remain committed to sustainable operations and hope that the travelers who occupy their rooms make choices to further their green initiatives:

    InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG): IHG achieved energy savings of 6 to 10 percent from 2010-2012 as the company grew its “Green Engage” program. Travelers can search and stay at designated “Green Engage” properties that are committed to a greener hotel experience.

    NH Hoteles: NH was the first hotel group in the world to earn the global “Icarus Project Gold Medal” from the Global Business Travel Association for its innovative sustainability actions.

    Through a multi-year initiative, NH has achieved energy savings of 25%, water savings of 30% and reductions in carbon emissions and waste generation of 44% and 34%, respectively.

    Fairmont Hotels & Resorts: Fairmont has more than 50 distinctive eco-friendly hotels, and through hotel-based Green Teams, 26,000 Fairmont employees have become environmental ambassadors, helping further the company’s green initiatives.

    Savvy Travelers, how do you feel about going green on the road? Do you still make environmentally-friendly choices when you travel? Share one of your favorite green hotels in the comment box below.

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