The following is a guest post by Sam Marquit. Sam is an entrepreneurial independent contractor and home renovation/remodeling expert in New York. She’s made it a point to share with her readers a day in the life of sustainable building. Forecasting the possible application and implementation of new green building materials and technologies is just one small part of her effort to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.
Sustainable living is when an individual or business attempts to reduce the use of the Earth’s resources in order to preserve them for future generations. As a commercial contractor, I have been blessed to see the use of green building materials on the rise in the buildings I work on. I have been intimately acquainted with the steps for being LEED certified.
There is a lot more than LEED certification that should be acknowledged about companies, individuals, and businesses– things like wildlife and nature protection, the efficient use of resources, community engagement and growth, and preservation of tradition and culture.
All these and more are categories in The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards. The awards aim to recognize those who go above and beyond in green tourism, thus encouraging other organizations or tourism businesses to do the same. The board recognizes everything from buying locally grown food to installing low-flow toilets to automatic shut-off valves in sinks and showers to reduce water.
And it’s not just Asia who is recognizing eco-friendly tourism – the Las Vegas Palazzo Hotel & Resort was recently named the ‘Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America’. The Palazzo is dedicated to reducing their impact on the environment and calls it ‘the cornerstone of their business model’. They reuse water, waste, and generate their own power, providing a powerful example of how a business can be environmentally conscious and still successful. There are more than 40 million tourists who travel to Las Vegas every year on vacation. As a result many hotels in Las Vegas are being built, all of which contain sustainable features.
It’s not just happening in Las Vegas. The Ink48 in New York also has an Earthcare program. This program provides members a platform to discuss different ways in which they can become more sustainable. Ink48 offers organic food options, uses eco-friendly cleaning products, and does many other things that are environmentally friendly.
Seeing hotels doing their best to become greener is wonderful. If just 10% of the tourism businesses around the world did the same, our world would be a much-improved place, leaving it unchanged for our children and grandchildren.