Palm Two Status
Our resort has received the coveted and hard-won Green Lodging destination certification from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The certification was awarded at a special ceremony at the resort’s Spa and Shops village gazebo. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance by encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
The state’s representatives noted the resort’s commitment to the environment through its wide range of accomplishments in a myriad of departments, locations and initiatives. These accomplishments – described in more detail throughout this write-up – include a resort-wide recycling program that includes the resort’s 800-plus full-time residents, guests and 1,100 employees. The program includes glass, plastic, aluminum and newspapers, plus electronics. The resort also shows its commitment to being “green” through its use of computerized energy-saving HVAC systems in its oceanfront hotel, automatic and low-flush water fixtures in guest and public restrooms, low-energy and long-lasting fluorescent lighting resort-wide, Project Planet linen and towel reuse program, reclaimed water for irrigating its landscaping and golf courses, and clean and green pest control and housekeeping products. The resort also is implementing corn-based “to-go” containers in its restaurants, investigating solar water heaters, golf carts, service vehicles and guest shuttles, and continuing its use of recycled and recyclable paper in its printing.
To be a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, hotels must implement a variety of green practices. These practices include, but are not limited to, water conservation measures through low-flow plumbing fixtures and a linen reuse program, and energy efficiency achieved by installing ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats. The waste reduction criteria are met by providing the opportunity to recycle, purchasing items in bulk, purchasing recycled materials and by recycling ink and toner cartridges. All designated properties must also use green cleaners and high-efficiency air filters, and clean air handler units frequently.