Monday, February 2, 2009

Green Under Sunny Skies

On a trip last month to a beautiful resort in sunny Florida I was delighted with the vision of palm trees in groves, luscious landscaping and exotic flowers in bloom. But I was especially impressed to see an established recycling program in full view.

Fortunately, they weren't boasting about being green or self-pronouncing it as an eco-hotel, it was done quite simply as part of their operations. Out-of-doors and around the three or four pools, the free-standing climbing wall, the lawns and the marina there were pairs of teak receptacles. One designated for glass and plastic only while the second was for trash.

A discreet card in the bathroom reminded one of the hotel's laundry conservation program. The hotel will replace bath towels daily upon request, but in an effort to conserve water, energy and reduce pollution they otherwise replace towels and linens every 3rd day for guests in residence. But the most endearing effort was the inclusion of a recycling basket in addition to a trash basket in every guest room. I enjoyed the freedom to recycle in my own room while away from home.

Photographs taken at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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