Accommodations - Stay Green
As soon as you step off a plane at Miami International Airport you will see signs letting you know about water conservation efforts in Miami’s hotels. The Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association has worked closely with the Miami-Dade Office of Sustainability to promote Miami-Dade’s Green Lodging & Restaurant Program. The program aims to provide water fixtures that will lower consumption at hotels and restaurants, as well as to inform hotels and their guests about the benefits of choosing to reuse towels and bed linens rather than laundering them every day. Miami’s hotel rooms now have cards that guests can use to indicate that they would like to reuse these items during the course of their stay.
At the state level, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Green Lodging Program encourages Florida’s hotels to become sustainable while lowering operating costs. In order to receive a Green Lodging designation, properties must implement environmental practices in six areas: communication and education; waste reduction; reuse and recycling; water conservation; energy efficiency; indoor air quality; and transportation. Some examples of how hotels have fulfilled these goals include providing suggestion boxes for guests’ input, installing digital thermostats and even offering preferred parking spaces for hybrid cars.
Many hotels in Greater Miami have already been designated as Florida Green Lodging Certified. These properties are indicated with the green house icon in their listings on the GMCVB website and print publications. Many other Environmentally Friendly properties also have implemented sustainable practices. These hotels are indicated with the green leaf icon.