The number of Florida hotels going green is increasing by the dozen. Two dozen, to be exact, all in Orlando.
The green certification is from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, which designates a hotel, inn, resort or B&B as a Florida Green Lodge when it meets certain standards and practices.
These include water conservation measures through low-flow plumbing fixtures, a linen reuse program, and energy efficiency and programmable thermostats.
Other criteria include recycling ink and toner cartridges, purchasing items in bulk, and purchasing recycled materials. All Green Lodges must also use green cleaners and high efficiency air filters.
Here's the list of the newest Florida Green Lodges -- you should seek these out for your green travels. Alphabetically, they are:
- Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge,
- Disney's BoardWalk Inn,
- Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort,
- Disney's Contemporary Resort,
- Disney's Coronado Springs Resort,
- Disney's Old Key West Resort,
- Disney's Pop Century Resort,
- Disney's Port Orleans Resort,
- Disney's Saratoga Spring Resort & Spa,
- DoubleTree Guest Suites in the Walt Disney World Resort,
- Embassy Suites Orlando International Airport,
- Embassy Suites Orlando International Drive/Convention Center,
- Embassy Suites Orlando North,
- The Florida Hotel and Conference Center,
- Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground,
- Hawthorn Suites Orlando International Airport,
- Hilton Walt Disney World, Rosen Centre Hotel,
- Holiday Inn Orlando International Drive,
- Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport,
- Rosen Plaza Hotel,
- Rosen Shingle Creek,
- Royal Plaza in the Walt Disney World Resort,
- Walt Disney World Fort Wilderness.
As said at the beginning of this list -- seek these out for your green travels to Orlando. Look for the Florida Green Lodge logo.