ST. PETE BEACH, FLA.—Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection welcomed the TradeWinds Sandpiper Hotel and Suites 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 practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
“The TradeWinds Sandpiper joins its sister property, the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, as two premiere St. Pete Beach hotels committed to the state’s environment,” said DEP Southwest District Assistant Director Michael Farley. “These facilities serve as great examples to hotels across the state to adopt innovative green practices that conserve natural resources for future generations.”
The TradeWinds Sandpiper Hotel and Suites, the company’s second Green Lodge, uses Energy Star appliances to conserve energy and has implemented a paper, cardboard and aluminum recycling program to reduce waste. In addition, the property installed high-efficiency air filters to improve indoor air quality and has a towel and linen reuse program to conserve water resources.
“We are proud to be a part of the Department’s Green Lodging program,” said Tim Bogott, President and CEO of TradeWinds Island Resorts. “Now we can boast that both of our St. Pete Beach resorts not only provide the best service to its visitors, but that we’re doing our part to make sure the environment is secure for the generations that come after them.”
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 TradeWinds Sandpiper Hotel and Suites, the program has 23 hotels certified, with 20 in the process of becoming certified.
For more information on the Florida Green Lodging Certification Program or to locate a Florida Green Lodge, visit www.floridagreenlodging.org.