GOVERNOR CRIST APPLAUDS COMPLETION OF GREEN LODGING CERTIFICATION AT WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

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

Florida Green Lodging Program,” said Governor Crist. “Through its commitment, Disney is demonstrating the importance of environmental stewardship to thousands of employees and millions of guests.”

Launched in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the

Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. The program is voluntary, is considered a national model, and is experiencing phenomenal growth. Florida is recommending designated properties in the

Florida Green Lodging Program to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. To date, the program has more than 165 designated properties across the state and more than 335 applicants. 

“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

Florida, we are conserving our natural resources while at the same time strengthening the state’s economy.”

On July 13, 2007, Governor Charlie Crist signed a suite of executive orders to reduce

Florida’s greenhouse gases emissions, increase energy efficiency, and remove market barriers for renewable energy technologies. One of the executive orders requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with

Florida Green Lodging Program designation whenever possible.

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

Florida Green Lodging flag.

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

Florida to receive the state’s Green Lodging designation in 2004. Since then, the remaining 22 hotels at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney’s Vero Beach Resort have also received the designation, culminating with Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort in April 2008.

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

Florida Green Lodging Program. Since its designation nearly a year ago, the property has saved more than 2.5 million gallons of water and conserved more than 325,000 kilowatt hours of electricity – resulting in savings of more than $65,000 for the facility.

Building on the foundation for Florida’s energy future began at last year’s summit, the 2008 Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change will focus on stimulating economic development in clean technologies as well as “greening”

Florida’s business community. The 2008 summit will bring together industry leaders, policy makers, academics, scientists, environmentalists and the business community to explore opportunities for expanding

Florida’s renewable and alternative energy marketplace and greening our business community.

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