May 09

Is Going Green Catching On?

Nature TourismEco-friendly technology is a much talked about subject, but are companies and individuals really going for it? I have had the privilege of working as a commercial contractor, and I can tell you that people really are looking towards sustainability and environmental protection when they establish their businesses. I have seen the work that goes into putting these ideas into practice and what these companies have to do to get LEED certified. Seeing this has led me to the conclusion that going green should be rewarded.


It appears that I am not alone in thinking that ecology minded business is worth recognition. “The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards” has several categories that relate to the environment. Among them is the protection of wildlife and resource efficiency. Businesses can be eligible for these awards by engaging with the community, using appliances like automatic shut-off faucets and purchasing foods locally.


If you want to see sustainability at work, you can go to some of the biggest cities in the United States. New York has the ink48 Hotel, which has a recycling from guest rooms to employee areas. It also has organic food options, low flow water fixtures and Eco-friendly laundry products. This hotel even donates used linens to the community. Members of its Earth care program can discuss new ways to be even more sustainable at their meetings.


The so-called “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America” is far from ink48 Hotel. It is the Palazzo Resort in Las Vegas. This hotel has loads of LEED certified items and makes reuse part of its standard. With this city being one of the biggest tourist destinations in the country, it is good to see many other new hotels in Las Vegas mimicking the Palazzo’s blueprint. As a result, this will benefit the planet for future generations.


Are there as many businesses as I would like operating sustainably? That just is not happening yet. However, I do find it heartening to see so many taking such big steps in the right direction. We have a lot of wrongs to correct as far as our treatment of the environment. Every little bit helps. Unfortunately, we may simply be slowing down the rate at which we pollute the Earth, rather than reversing the affects of our habits, so people in all fields should really bear going green in mind.

The author name is Sam Marquit, is an independent ‘green’ contractor and co-author of Fair Marquit Value.

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