by Sam Marquit
Going from independent contracting to commercial contracting really changed my attitude towards green building and materials. By choosing self-sustaining facilities, eco-friendly policies and socially conscious practices, hotels and businesses can become more responsible. Many travellers look for hotels that are eco-friendly, but what really goes into a fully eco-conscious experience? There are a few initiatives and hotels out there that are doing something different and changing the attitudes of their community in the process.
Businesses across Asia vie every year for a nomination in the renowned Wild Asia Tourism Awards. This program honors businesses that do something for the environment, community or wildlife in their area. There are several categories that businesses can be nominated for, including community engagement, resource efficiency, wildlife conservation and cultural preservation. The awards help other businesses see what they can do to affect the planet while working towards building better and brighter communities.
Hotels can really change movements across the tourism industry. There are millions of hotels across this planet, and if each one of them made a change in policy to be more environmentally conscious, imagine what could be done for the planet. The ink48 Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel that serves all organic food and takes part in multiple eco-friendly practices. In addition, the hotel has a program called “Earthcare,” which brings members and community leaders together to talk about eco-friendly practices, sustainable technology and other issues that are facing the planet today. By hosting this program, the hotel has helped people have a conversation about the ways in which they can personally affect the future of our planet.
There are over 100,000 guest rooms available in Las Vegas. With millions of travelers per year, it can be tough for hotels to make major changes to the way their hotels operate. However, that didn’t stop the Las Vegas Palazzo Hotel and Resort. This hotel offers water recycling programs, waste reuse and solar panels as part of their eco-friendly practices. The hotel also won the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America” award, which has gained a lot of recognition for the cause and helped change the policies of other hotels in the area. By focusing on a greener environment and on conserving resources, the hotel has greatly impacted its local community.
As a contractor, I’m so proud to be apart of this process and contribute to a greener future for our planet. It is extremely important for other businesses to catch on, much like the new green Las Vegas hotels are. New green facilities continue to go up. Businesses need to continue this trend and recognize how they can change and implement different practices to become more sustainable.
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