MIAMI—The JW Marriott Marquis Miami announces that it has been welcomed by The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to the Florida Green Lodging Program. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with free technical assistance in an effort to encourage hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving, “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
“It is an honor to be designated into the Florida Green Lodging Program,” said Florencia Tabeni, general manager of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. “We pride ourselves in engaging in as many green practices as possible. It is extremely important to us that we respect the environment for future generations.”
To become a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, hotels must implement and sustain a variety of green practices. These efforts include, but are not limited to, using water conservation measures through low-flow plumbing fixtures and linen reuse programs and through the promotion of energy efficiency through the installation of Energy Star appliances and programmable thermostats. The waste reduction criteria are met through the provision of recycling opportunities, the purchasing of items in bulk, including recycled materials, and the recycling of ink and toner cartridges. All designated properties must also use green cleaners and high-efficiency air filters.
“It is wonderful to see businesses implement green practices such as water conservation, recycling and energy reduction because these efforts are not only good for business, they are good for Florida’s environment,” said DEP Sustainable Initiatives director Deas Bohn.
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, then Governor Charlie Crist signed three executive orders regarding state energy-use policies, including one that requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences, whenever possible, at hotels with Florida Green Lodging Program designations.