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March 31, 2009

Green Your Travel: Where to Stay

Environmentally friendly lodging We're well into spring and summer's coming, so if you're feeling bitten by the travel bug and find yourself getting into vacation mode, please remember to protect the planet you're so intent on seeing. This week we're presenting tips about how to make your travels more earth-friendly.

Tip #2: Book Where It Matters

Your options are many when booking a hotel, but to stay true to your environmentalist self, consider choosing a property that's clearly devoted itself to being environmentally responsible. That could mean it's LEED-certified or energy-efficient. Does it have solar panels? Water-saving devices? Is there a recycling and composting program in place? It helps, too, if the hotel's restaurant or room service uses local, seasonal ingredients -- or if discounts are offered for those who drive hybrids or take public transit. Some brands even donate profits to environmental causes or offset guests' stays. Some greener names to look for? Fairmont, Kimpton, some Hiltons, and Starwood's Element, to name a few.

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