Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Night Swan goes GREEN!
NIGHT SWAN INTRACOASTAL BED AND BREAKFAST GOES GREEN!
On June 23, 2009, the Night Swan Intracoastal Bed and Breakfast became a certified Florida Green Lodging Property, earning a One Palm status. The Night Swan is currently the only bed and breakfast in Volusia, Flagler, and Orange counties to be certified as part of the Florida Green Lodging Program.
To become a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, hotels must implement a variety of green practices. These practices include, but are not limited to, water conservation measures through low flow plumbing fixtures, a linen reuse program, and energy efficiency. The waste reduction criteria are met by providing the opportunity to recycle, purchasing items in bulk, purchasing recycled materials, and by recycling ink and toner cartridges. All designated properties must also use green cleaners and high efficiency air filters.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. In 2007, Governor Crist signed three executive orders initiating state energy-use policies, including one that requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with the Florida Green Lodging Program designation as of January 1, 2008, whenever possible.
The Night Swan is excited about being on the forefront of resource conservation and encourages their guests to carry on the efforts at their own homes after a relaxing and romantic get away at the bed and breakfast. For green wise travelers what better option than an environmentally friendly inn on the tranquil Indian River in historic, New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
To find out more information about how the Florida Green Lodging program works, navigate to http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging, and more about the Night Swan Intracoastal Bed & Breakfast, navigate to http://www.NightSwan.com.