MIAMI—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has added the Four Seasons Hotel Miami to the Florida Green Lodging Program. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving green practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
“Green lodges take the initiative to conserve resources and protect the environment,” says DEP Secretary Colleen M. Castille. “By adopting innovative green practices, Florida’s environmentally sensitive lands are preserved for future generations.”
The Four Seasons Hotel Miami reduces water consumption by using technologically advanced showerheads, faucets, spray nozzles and toilets. The lodging facility also conserves energy through energy efficient appliances and an energy management system, while indoor air quality is improved through proper air conditioner maintenance and efficient filters. Additionally, the hotel participates in recycling programs and purchases environmentally friendly materials such as nontoxic cleaners, high-efficiency equipment and low-mercury light bulbs.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Certification Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. As reward for designation, Florida is recommending Green Lodges to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. With the addition of the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, the program has 16 hotels certified, with 13 in the process of becoming certified.
For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Certification program or to locate a Florida Green Lodge, visit www.floridagreenlodging.org.