Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort Named a TripAdvisor Gold Level GreenLeader
This marks the second year in a row the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort has been recognized as a GreenLeader by TripAdvisor.
BONITA SPRINGS, FL (May 19, 2014) – The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort has been accepted as a Gold Level GreenLeader in the TripAdvisor ® GreenLeaders™ program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the United States.
TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.
A long-time industry leader in sustainability, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point was the first hotel to receive Florida Green Lodging’s prestigious Three Palm certification for its eco-friendly efforts and has been raising the bar higher ever since. The 454-room Bonita Springs resort completed a multi-million-dollar room renovation in late 2012, which included upgrades and modern enhancements that kept the needs of both business travelers and Mother Nature in mind. For example, all rooms are now equipped with “smart,” responsive thermostats that help reduce energy expenditure and in-room recycling bins.
Highlights of the resort’s other green initiatives include energy-efficient dishwashers and lighting, the use of Florida native plants in landscaping to reduce watering, garbage compacting to reduce overall waste, the use of non-toxic cleaning products, low-flow toilets and showerheads, sensor switches to shut off lights in storage areas, energy recovery units on the roof and recycling in all guest rooms, dining outlets, offices and function spaces, to name a few.
“We are honored to be recognized by TripAdvisor as a GreenLeader for both our conservation efforts and eco-friendly upgrades to our guestrooms,” said General Manager Joe Murgalo. “Resort guests who share our love for this breathtaking destination can assist us in preserving it for future generations.”
Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.
“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 260 million travelers who visit the site each month.”
The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.