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Florida Green Lodging Program Encourages Orlando Hotels to Conserve Natural Resources

Orlando is known  as one of the best family travel destinations in the world and it attracts more than 51 million tourists a year. Many of these tourists head to the region's largest attraction, the Walt Disney World resort. Orlando hotels are a vital part of the Florida tourism economy.

Nicknamed "The City Beautiful" there is really no bad time of the year to visit Orlando, Florida. It's natural beauty, warm weather and family friendly activities made this city the most visited American city in 2009. 

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Where to Stay: Guide to Orlando Hotels

Waldorf Astoria resort in Orlando, Florida.

With Orlando being home to the largest number of hotels in the United States, it's important to choose one of the many green hotels in Florida located here.

A majority of these resorts are dedicated to the budget-conscious families who head to the Walt Disney World resort and located nearby. However, there are a few new luxury resorts, like the Waldorf Astoria Orlando being added.

As the resort is very aware of it's environmental impact, there are many ways they practice sustainability. The trash is hand-sorted to ensure recyclables are removed and almost one-third of the property is dedicated to wildlife conservation. These are only two of the many green initiatives part of the Walt Disney World Resort.

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In 2008, Disney completed the state's Green Lodging designation for all 23 resort hotels – representing the largest number of Green Lodging certified hotels in the state.

In addition to their own efforts to maintain natural resources, The Walt Disney Company encourages their guests to be sustainably responsible as well. One of the easiest ways to do this is to choose a green Orlando hotel.

Green Orlando Hotels are Environmentally Friendly

Coastline view of the Disney's Grand Floridian Resort in Orlando, Florida.

In 2004 Florida began to focus on preservation and conservation of its natural resources in the tourism industry.

Through the  Florida Green Lodging Program, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recognizes the hotels and resorts that show they are committed to being eco-friendly in their operations.

A voluntary program, each hotel is required to implement environmental practices in several areas of their operations. This includes:

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
  • Communication and Education (Customers, Employees, Public)

The designation is valid for only three years. Resorts and hotels need to submit data regarding their environmental performance and add two new sustainable practices to continue with the program. 

Why Choose Green Hotels in Florida


If you are planning a family vacation to Orlando to visit Walt Disney World, you can minimize your negative environmental travel impact by choosing one of the eco-friendly Orlando Hotels.

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For example, one of the Hilton Orlando hotels, the Hilton Walt Disney World hotel is located within the Walt Disney World Resort. In addition to being a member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, this green hotel offers exclusive EXTRA MAGIC HOURS benefits. Guests get to enjoy visiting one of the three Disney theme parks for an additional hour in the morning or up to three hours in the evening. This is a great way for families to enjoy a little more Disney.

​Conclusion: Choose a Green Orlando Hotel

There are many reasons to visit Orlando, Florida, but the number one reason is the Walt Disney World Resort and its many features, including the Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and Epcot.

With such a large attraction Orlando offers many hotels and resorts to choose from. When looking at the many Orlando Hotels, please sure to find one that helps preserve the natural beauty of Orlando, Florida.

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“…An Idyllic Retreat from the Mad-Mad World!”

Formerly the Peggy Mills estate, The Gardens Hotel in the historic district of Key West is a botanical lover’s dream. Mills planted orchids, bougainvilleas and crotons; pony tails, gumbo-limbos and black bamboo, and more beautiful flowers around the estate. Century-old bricks were used to build meandering pathways, delightful fountains were added and 2,000-pound tinajones (earthen cisterns) came over from Cuba just before Castro’s rise. The free form pool is nestled among the lush landscape and welcomes swimmers. It’s no wonder the New York Time’s named it “The Prettiest Hotel in Key West.”

Recently recognized as one of Travel and Leisure Magazine’s favorite beachside hotels in the July 2009 issue, The Gardens Hotel offers 17 unique accommodations at surprisingly affordable prices. The Historic Rooms located in the original Peggy Mills Mansion all feature queen beds dressed in luxury linens, wooden floors, crown molding, and balcony access. Outdoor verandahs, king beds dressed in European linens, and marble baths await any guests staying in the Garden Rooms. The stand alone Eyebrow Cottage is perfect for any romantic getaway. Secluded away from the rest of the property within a walled and gated entrance, many luxuries await. A private verandah, private parking, vaulted ceiling, and luxurious marble bath with Jacuzzi tub make this cottage one of a kind. No matter which room you choose morning awaits with an island breakfast, featuring Key lime beignets and extra-large muffins, served al Fresca either in the Atrium or the Gardens.

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“We envisioned becoming a Green Lodging hotel as a real opportunity for our guests, staff and our community,” said Kate Miano, owner of The Gardens Hotel. “We are committed to protecting our environment and preserving our natural resources. We are proof that you can enjoy upscale luxury while practicing low impact living practices, and we hope the entire Keys Community will join our effort to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

Featuring a recycling program, Energy Star® appliances, compact fluorescent lights, linen/towel reuse program, photo sensors for outdoor lighting, an automatic door closer, an energy-efficient garden fountain pump, and low flow faucets this intimate boutique hotel became the first Hotel in the Florida Keys to become a “Certified Green Lodging Facility” in March 2007. The Florida Green Lodging Program is voluntary to all participants who commit to preserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.

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