TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 15, 2008 – Today, Florida Governor Charlie Crist applauded Walt Disney World Resort for its achievement of 100 percent of its lodging properties earning the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) Green Lodging Program designation, covering all 23 of its resort hotels plus Disney’s Vero Beach Resort.
“I applaud Disney’s compelling participation in the
Launched in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the
“This is a milestone achievement for the program, and Walt Disney World Resort has been a part of the program since its inception,” said DEP Secretary Michael Sole. “With each new designation of a property in
On July 13, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist signed a suite of executive orders to reduce
According to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida has nearly 5,000 hotels, motels, and bed-and-breakfast venues, with nearly 400,000 guest rooms serving 35 to 40 million guests annually. Including the nearly 24,000 rooms and 440,000 square-feet of conference space at Walt Disney World Resort, properties that together represent more than 50,000 hotel rooms are now flying the
To receive designation, the Disney properties installed ENERGYSTAR® rated equipment, energy efficient lighting, and timers on outdoor lighting, reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as utility costs. In addition, the resort also implemented a towel and linen reuse program and low-flow faucets and showerheads, and hotels are recycling newspaper, office paper and aluminum cans. Some hotels have installed tinted/double-paned windows.
Disney’s BoardWalk Inn was the first hotel in
Governor Crist recently announced the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, June 25-26, 2008, at the Intercontinental Miami. Designated in 2007, the Intercontinental Miami is also a member of the
Building on the foundation for
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