MARCO ISLAND, FLA.—The award-winning Marco Beach Ocean Resort, located along the Gulf of Mexico’s famous white-sand beaches, has been recertified as an environmentally friendly destination, receiving a Two-Palm rating from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Lodging program.
Known for its Gulf views, intimate environment and personalized service, the 93-suite Marco Beach Ocean Resort was originally certified as a Florida Green Lodge in 2010 and has received the triennial designation since.
The certification recognizes the resort for voluntarily adopting initiatives to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.
Properties Must Address Five Core Standards
The Florida Green Lodging’s environmental guidelines are designed to help the hospitality industry evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance. Eligible properties must address five core standards, including waste reduction, reuse and recycling; water conservation; energy efficiency; indoor air quality; and communication and education for guests, employees and the public.
“The Marco Beach Ocean Resort is committed to implementing green initiatives,” said Jonathan Whitlow, Director of Guest Services at Marco Beach Ocean Resort. “Our beautiful stretch of beach and the Gulf of Mexico are the top reasons guests choose to stay with us. We are constantly improving our practices to protect our environmental treasures.”
Florida Green Lodging properties are required to submit environmental performance data annually and implement a minimum of two new environmental practices. The program not only benefits the environment, it also helps designated properties save money and increase occupancy rates.