Tips For The Eco-Friendly Traveler
Travel can be notoriously un-friendly when it comes to our enviornmental impact but choosing an eco-friendly hotel is an excellent way to travel more sustainably. When looking for an eco friendly hotel – try finding hotels in the city you’re visiting with third-party green certifications. In the US, a LEED Certification signifies a variety of green friendly practices including reduced water and energy usage and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Beyond certifications, many hotels list their sustainable practices on their websites – try looking for key sustainability indicators such as non-toxic cleaning agents, organic bedding, recycling programs or renewable energy sources. Below are 13 of our favorite luxury eco hotels in major US cities and abroad. Each hotel has third-party green certifications and a number of sustainability focused practices and none of them compromise on luxury or comfort.
Location | Greensboro, NC
Eco | LEED Platinum Green Hotel, 70+ Sustainable Practices
Features | Original Artwork, Weekly Events, 75 Miles of Local Trails
Nightly Rate | $249+
Sustainability is at the forefront of Proximity Hotel’s design and operations. It is the first hotel in America to receive the LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and the building uses 39.2% less energy than a conventional hotel and restaurant. The hotel has over 70 sustainable practices you can check out here. Also check out their complimentary bikes so you can explore 90-plus miles of trails and greenways nearby.