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Green Buildings need the people inside to make them Relevant

Posted by smarquit on 06/02 at 06:28 PM
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Ecologically sound business facilities from corporate headquarters to hotels are being built with environmentally friendly materials. As a result they are greatly reducing the carbon footprint of the business. As a commercial contractor, I have worked on many projects that incorporate sustainable material. The people who work in these facilities carry on the environmental responsibility making a great contribution to the health of the planet. Their efforts deserve as much recognition as the green contractor’s.

The Marriott is one of the largest hotel chains in the world, and their efforts to become ecologically friendly include the purchase of 24 million green key cards. These cards are made from a corn by-product, which makes them biodegradable and recyclable. This one initiative prevents 66 tons of plastic from going into landfills every year.

One of the top examples of a business going green is the Las Vegas Palazzo Hotel & Resort. This resort boasts water recycling systems and use solar panels for heating. These panels are part of the largest solar thermal systems in the United States and all are located on the roof. These solar panels actually provide the hot water for the swimming pools and spas. They also have 680 solar photovoltaic panels that give output of 116 kW (DC). Other sustainable initiatives include awards to employees who suggest green energy ideas that are practical and can be implemented. Because of its green features the Palazzo was recently awarded the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America”!

The Las Vegas Palazzo Hotel & Resort is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) certified building and is rated as a “Five Diamond Hotel & Resort”. Guests can feel confident that they are contributing to reducing carbon emissions when they are having the time of their lives in the Palazzo. With 40,000,000 tourists visiting Las Vegas last year and hotels in demand, other Las Vegas hotels are going green and following the Palazzos lead.

With a number of businesses looking to go green, a number of initiates are also being started. The Go Green Initiative’s aim is to train and educate people in schools, businesses, organizations and private homes to create a Culture of Conservation in their communities. The aim of this project is to conserve natural resources for the future as well as to protect the health of the people in the communities. Children will be taught how best to care for the planet, and the community in general will be shown environmentally responsible behavior.

Another great initiative is The Wild Asia Tourism Awards. This program is for people in the tourism industry who demonstrate cultural preservation and wildlife conservation for tourism in the region. The awards focus on community engagement and resource efficiency.  

Eco-friendly tourism is alive and well and growing throughout the world. From sustainable buildings that function with almost no carbon footprint to community awareness programs, people can travel with the confidence that they are helping and not hurting the planet.

About the author: smarquit
I am an entrepreneurial independent contractor and home renovation/remodeling expert in New York. I’ve made it a point to share with my readers a day in the life of sustainable building. Forecasting the possible application and implementation of new green building materials and technologies is just one small part of my effort to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.