The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Southwest Florida has received the Florida Green Lodging Program’s Three-Palm rating in recognition of its environmental initiatives and commitment to conserving and protecting Florida’s natural resources.
The program, a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, requires participating hotels and resorts to submit environmental performance data (water, waste, energy) annually, and to implement at least two new environmental practices from any of the five areas of sustainable operations: waste reduction, reuse and recycling; water conservation; energy efficiency; indoor air quality; and communication and education (customers, employees, and public).
The program’s 714 participants are rated on a scale of One to Four Palms, with four being the highest. The designation is good for three years.
Initiatives at the Naples resort include a comprehensive recycling program (in-room and resort-wide); high-energy-efficient lighting; the use of “Green Sealed” cleaning products; the use of organic fertilizers, nutrients and pesticides on the golf course; a saline purification process for the pool complex; a computerized energy-management system for air-conditioning in all public areas; low-flow fixtures and auto-flush systems resort-wide; and a towel and linen reuse program in guest rooms.
The 319-room resort has 34,000 square feet of meeting and event space.