Eco-consciousness is reaching new heights nowadays, especially in North America. PlanetOut has made up a list of the top 10 eco-friendly properties of 2008.
1. The Orchard Garden Hotel
This LEED-certified with nontoxic paints, glues and varnishes, energy-efficient lighting.
2. 70 Park Avenue
New York City
In addition to Kimpton Hotels' company-wide EarthCare eco-program, 70 Park Avenue goes one step further with the repurposing of kitchen oil in biodiesel.
3. Gaia Napa
American Canyon, Calif.
Constructed with as many recycled materials and as little energy as possible. Recycled carpet content and low-emission paint.
4. Zion Lodge
Green Suites (including sustainable features such as bamboo floors, recycled carpet content, organic linens and key card lighting controls) are testing grounds for the ambitious project of making all 5,000 Xanterra-operated rooms as environmentally sustainable as possible.
5. Hotel Triton
Hotel Triton started with an eco-floor back in the 1990s; this spread to all floors in 2003
This hotel just across the bridge from Portland, Ore., recycled 75 percent of its construction waste.
The blueprint for future green Marriott hotels, this was the first hotel and conference center in the United States to win LEED certification for its environmental design.
8. Hotel Monaco
Green hues into his kitchen, from eco-initiatives such as recycling, composting food and using organic, local foods and sustainable seafood, to making the switch to recyclable or recycled to-go containers.
9. Hotelito Desconocido
Solar power and candles are used instead of electricity and accommodations are bamboo, palm leaf,and clay huts in a protected wetland estuary overlooking the Pacific.
10. Habitat Suites
Natural pesticides (ladybugs!), cooling shade trees and a substantial amount of its power from a photovoltaic system, feature at the Habitat Suites.
Maho Bay Camp, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islandds
DoubleTree Lloyd Center, Portland, Ore.
The Equus Hotel, Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii
Solage, Calistoga, Calif.
Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Hawaii
The Woodstocker Inn, Woodstock, Vt.
Ambrose Hotel, Los Angeles
Seaport Hotel, Boston;
Ahu Pohaku Ho'omaluhia, Kohala, Big Island, Hawaii;
Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, Maine;