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Cleveland hotels pursue sustainability plans

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/05/07 @ 11:14pm

Greening the buildings and operations at seven Cleveland hotels is happening thanks to a unique collaboration between area nonprofit organizations and the Cleveland Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB). The Plain Dealer reported on the evolution of the green hotels program, which kicks off this summer with the area hotels engaging in a Sustainability Implementation process of Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S). Hyatt, Radisson, Marriott, Holiday Inn and others will be immersed in sustainability as a business practice and develop a green action plan.

The CVB originated the conversation when it successfully pursued the 2007 Solar conference. Meanwhile, GreenCityBlueLake was engaging in an interesting conversation with the team that greened the 2004 Democratic and Republican national conventions —we posted editorial content on lessons for Cleveland’s lodging and convention industries and kept the conversation going here.

Our efforts merged as E4S, EcoCity Cleveland, Green Energy Ohio, Cleveland Green Building Coalition and Kelly Brewer at the CVB planned and then led a presentation to the area’s hoteliers convincing them that going green can save them money, improve the health of their indoor environment and reduce their ecological footprint.

Read the Plain Dealer’s coverage.

We’ll keep you posted on the hotels’ progress.

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