This week, we have guest contributor, Sam Marquit, independent green contractor and home renovation/remodeling expert in New York, as well as co-author of the book, Fair Marquit Value, to inform our green gods and goddesses about the ever-changing world of green hospitality. He makes it a point to share with his readers a day in the life of sustainable building, and forecasting the possible application and implementation of new green building materials and technologies is just one small part of his efforts to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.
Before I was a commercial contractor, I was an independent contractor and worked on various projects. Some of which involved green building materials and newer technology to save on resources. I enjoy learning about all kinds of new ways to prevent waste. I’m incredibly happy that many businesses in the travel industry have also adopted some ways to conserve energy and resources. It’s about more than being LEED certified in my opinion. Many businesses in America are turning towards eco-friendly travel. However, in Asia, responsible tourism is wildly celebrated. For example, the Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards present awards for categories like cultural awareness, community development, wildlife conservation and more. Businesses can land big honors for doing things in their local communities and protecting local animals from harm. That’s something that we can do more adopt in America as well.
Many hotels in big cities have turned towards eco-friendly tourism. Las Vegas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in America with over 120,000 hotel rooms. Just last year, 40,000,000 travelers went to Las Vegas. That means there is a ton of business in this city but there can also be a lot of waste. The Palazzo Resort is just one of the many hotels in Las Vegas that has changed their policies and facilities to be more accommodating of our planet. In fact, this hotel won the award for “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America” because of its reusable waste program and self-sustaining facilities. In this instance, it’s easy to see how this hotel can market itself as a more responsible business and gain more recognition for its eco-friendly practices. Other hotels have also adopted similar policies to increase awareness for green technology in the travel industry.
The Big Apple offers hundreds of different hotels, many of which have eco-friendly products and even some self-sustaining programs. The ink48 Hotel offers a program called Earthcare. Members get together to talk about ways that we can affect change in our local communities as well as on a global scale. It’s about protecting the planet for future generations and ensuring our survival but also that there is awareness of the responsible tourism campaign. With eco-friendly travel gaining new ground each year, it’s important that businesses update their facilities and also think about the future. I’m happy to be apart of this effort and hope that I can continue to contribute to the campaign.