The Green movement is stronger than ever and so are commitments from top resorts to protecting resources. In 2008, we established the Green Awards honoring ten deserving destinations and this year we welcome three newcomers, all of which have achieved something extraordinary in the field of environmental stewardship.
Minnesota's top-ranked resort embraces environmental protection and sustainability in a big way. Its new Ozone Laundry System uses considerably less energy than before, while on the food side the resort is incorporating more wines from vintners who practice sustainable or organic viticulture. Course maintenance equipment now relies on synthetic motor oil, meaning fewer oil changes and a reduction in waste.
As a member of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging program, PGA National has kicked in with numerous conservation practices, such as linen re-use, low-flow aerators and toilets and extensive recycling, but has taken it one step further. A recent resort renovation saw construction site debris recycled and fixtures left from the project donated to Habitat for Humanity.
Several years back, Sunriver initiated a series of measures designed to increase environmental awareness. Among the noteworthy examples of stewardship are the conversion of soaking tubs to saline in order to eliminate bulk chemicals, the eco-sensitive design and maintenance of the Crosswater course that includes buffer zones to keep treatments away from the rivers and wetlands, and the submission of two projects (the Marina Building and the Trail Ride Registration Facility) to the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification.
Still Green: the Eco-friendly Hall of Fame
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