The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Green Lodging initiative is a voluntary program that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. Park Place made changes to conserve water and electricity, improve air quality, reduce waste, and communicate our efforts to guests, owners and staff. We completed the process of becoming designated as a "Green Lodging" in August of 2009.
CHANGES WE MADE
For water conservation, we now offer a towel reuse option to guests to reduce laundry, changed over to low flow faucets, and added a rain sensor to the sprinkler system. Our energy usage is reduced by using photo sensors for the outdoor lighting, Energy Star-rated computers and printers, and programmable thermostats on the air conditioners. We added a recycling program for both the business and the guests to reduce waste. In the office, only 30% post-consumer recycled content paper is used, and we recycle all packaging and non-glossy paper. Print cartridges are recycled for cash! To improve air quality, we use an environmentally safe cleaner on the air conditioning coils annually, clean the filters routinely, and switched all cleaning and laundry products to environmentally preferable cleaners.
This effort involves everyone who works here and it is a program that we all believe in. As you can see, the recycling has certainly taken off!