Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina Receives Florida Green Lodging Programs “Three Palm” Designation
Environmentally-Friendly Hotel Conserves Resources, Saves Money and Attracts Customers
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has awarded Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina the coveted "Three Palm" designation as part of the Florida Green Lodging Program. The prestigious designation signifies the commitment the 589-room property on the Intracoastal Waterway in Fort Lauderdale, Florida has made to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources.
The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. To become designated, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations:
- Communication and Education (Customers, Employees, Public)
- Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
- Water Conservation
- Energy Efficiency
- Indoor Air Quality
"We recognize that Green Lodging practices bring added value to our brand, enhance our customer experience and contribute positively to our local environment, directly impacting the community in which our team members and their families live and work," said Kevin Speidel, area managing director, Hilton Worldwide.
Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina has several initiatives instituted at the property to help protect natural resources. The hotel participates in the Clean the World program, a soap reuse program as well as other community sustainable events and is currently working on managing their irrigation on a weather predictive program. In addition to retrofitting lighting systems to compact fluorescent or LED saving energy, the hotel also measures and records power usage in real time.
"It is wonderful to see businesses implement green practices such as water conservation, recycling and energy reduction because they are not only good for business, they are good for Florida's environment," said Deas Bohn, sustainable initiatives director, DEP.
Recently, Hilton Worldwide advanced its proprietary "LightStay 4.0" taking sustainability measurement and reporting to a new level, increasing hotel awareness, employee engagement and overall performance. Some of the new features include simplified metrics and reporting, energy and water normalization as well as data alerts to keep the hotel up-to-date on progress and energy reduction.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. In 2007, Governor Crist signed three executive orders initiating state energy-use policies, including one that requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with the Florida Green Lodging Program designation as of January 1, 2008, whenever possible. For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging.
DEP's Office of Sustainable Initiatives is comprised of three voluntary, non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting the environment. The Clean Marina Program, the Florida Green Lodging Program and the Florida Pollution Prevention Program offer a variety of services including on-site assessments, consultations, speakers and workshops, all at no cost to citizens or organizations. The goal of the Sustainable Initiatives programs is to meet the needs of the present population without compromising resources for future generations. To learn more about DEP's Sustainable Initiatives, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/green/.
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