Our world is changing, and it seems like we are hearing more about going green and living an eco friendly lifestyle every day. I am glad that more people are becoming aware of the steps that we need to take to preserve our priceless natural resources.
I have spent most of my professional life working as a contractor. I started as an independent contractor, and then I moved on to commercial settings. Over the last few years, more and more builders are interested in creating eco friendly structures. LEED certification has become a big selling point, so builders and contractors have had to change their practices to ensure that their new buildings meet this certification. What really has been peaking my interest lately is the uses for these buildings.
LEED certification is big in the building industry, and there are other industries that are also rewarding companies for going green. Many of these awards and honors are given out in the travel industry to both big and small businesses.
New York City is one of the world's top tourist destinations. The ink148 Hotel is making a difference with their Earthcare program. This program, which is focused on positive green changes, provides a platform for members to exchange ideas in a constructive and positive environment.
There are over 124,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas, Nevada, and some of those rooms are now more energy efficient thanks to recent advances. The Palazzo Resort recently received the honor of being called the Most Eco Friendly Hotel in America for its progress in obtaining LEED certification and reusing and recycling waste. Almost 40 million visitors came to Las Vegas last year alone, and a huge impact can be made if other hotels and resorts follow the example of the Palazzo Resort.
When you are making your travel plans, you have a choice in where to stay and what to do. You can increase the effectiveness of your purchasing dollars when you choose to spend them with eco friendly businesses.
There are many sources that make it easier to research green companies. For instance, you can look up information about The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards before you plan your next trip to Asia. A large accommodation provider in Asia founded these Tourism Awards. The awards highlight businesses that are making strides toward energy conservation and other green changes.
When you are an informed consumer, you can choose to support businesses, which share your eco friendly beliefs. We can all make a difference by combining our efforts. Like the new green Las Vegas hotels, everyone can change and develop better, more sustainable practices. This will leave a lasting, positive impact on the planet for future generations.
Sam Marquit- This blog was written by our guest blogger, Sam Marquit. Sam is an independent green contractor and co-author of Fair Marquit Value.