The American Hotel and Lodging Association gave out their annual “Good Earthkeeping” awards last week along with kudos in categories such as community service and diversity.
For small properties, Sleeping Lady Mountain Retreat in Leavenworth, Washington, won. The retreat wowed the travel industry judges with decks built from a composite of recycled plastic bags and wood chips and electric vehicles for on-site transportation. Their cabins sleep two to eight in varying configurations. Happily, Sleeping Lady’s prices just duck under the Green Postcards limit: Summer rates (May 1 – October 31) start at $150 per person for lodging and three meals a day in the Kingfisher Dining Lodge. (Winter rates start at $100 per person for mid-week stays and include breakfast, dinner, and a lift ticket to local slopes.)
For large properties, Oregon’s Doubletree Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Portland—Lloyd Center ran away with the green-gold. (I’m betting they also stole the “longest name” prize.) The hotel attacked its energy, water and waste record this year, using new eco-friendly lighting and plumbing to reduce electricity/water/gas use by 30 percent. With a boost from a hotel-wide composting program, they’ve also managed to keep 70% of their waste from going to the landfill. Their newly renovated pool opens this month. Rates start around $189.95 for a queen room; you may be able to find a better deal depending on how far ahead you book and whether you're staying mid-week or on a weekend.
(Source: Green Lodging News)
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