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Two Wilmington hotels join Delaware’s Green Lodging Program 

DOVER (April 16, 2012) – Two hotels in Wilmington have become the newest members of the Delaware Green Lodging Program, having received certification by implementing best conservation and pollution prevention practices at their facilities. 

Newly certified are the Inn at Wilmington and the adjacent Wilmington Brandywine Courtyard by Marriott. Both facilities, operated by Hersha Hospitality, met the requirements for certification by implementing the five basic green lodging practices: recycling, water conservation, optional linen service, energy conservation and a “green events” package. Both properties also participate in EarthView, an internal program developed by Hersha Hospitality that embraces environmental and community stewardship as an integral part of maintaining and building a successful business.  

The Inn at Wilmington and the Wilmington Brandywine Courtyard also went beyond the minimum green lodging requirements by adopting additional creative and common sense ideas that include: partnering with Clean the World, an organization that collects used soap and shampoo for distribution to countries where diseases and death related to hygiene are common; purchasing paper products that meet EPA minimum standards for recycled content material; using recycled key cards with policies in place to reduce the number of cards that get thrown away; and discontinuing the placement of phone books in rooms to reduce paper waste. 

Both hotels also have an “Eco-Leader” onsite with responsibility for managing environmental initiatives. In addition, the Wilmington Brandywine Courtyard has discontinued the use of Styrofoam except for a disposable hot cup required by its brand. The hotel is working with the company to find environmentally friendly alternatives. 

Pollution prevention practices within the basic requirements implemented by the newly- certified hotels include:  

  • Use of non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
  • Recycling glass, aluminum and steel cans, plastic, office paper, newspapers, cardboard, toner cartridges and kitchen grease.
  • Tracking overall waste bills, energy usage and wastewater and overall energy bills
  • Use of dishware and glassware to minimize use of disposables
  • Donation of excess food from events and purchase of locally grown produce
  • Use of compact fluorescent lightbulbs, individual thermostats, natural lighting and LED exit signs
  • Green cleaners
  • Preventive maintenance of all appliances, HVAC systems and vehicles
  • Use of low flow faucets and showerheads
  • Minimization of impervious areas
  • Purchase of EnergyStar computers, appliances and other products.

 The Delaware Green Lodging Program is a voluntary program. Facilities that meet the requirements receive a certificate and window decals and can display the Delaware Green Lodging logo on marketing materials. For more information on the program and a listing of Green Lodging facilities, please visit:  http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/p2/Pages/GreenLodging.aspx 

Vol. 42, No. 132

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4/16/2012
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