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Green Companies Deserve Admiration and Emulation

The following article was submitted by Sam Marquit, a green contractor (see more below).

People in the construction industry get to see a lot. They see engineering put to work and art in design. Over the past few decades, they have also been seeing green building materials and techniques. As a contractor, I know what goes into green building and LEED certification. I work with the people and am part of teams that make this happen. Having seen all of the effort that goes into making sustainable and clean establishments, I believe that people who go that extra mile deserve more recognition.

There are numerous ways to implement sustainable solutions. You can reuse waste and conserve resources in a number of ways. The Palazzo Hotel and Resort has done just that and has since been named the “Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America.” As a fan of green building, I hope other hotels start vying for that title.

One hotel that could certainly be in the running as an eco-friendly establishment is the ink48 Hotel in New York City. This hotel prides itself in its sustainable practices. It even takes it another step by inviting its Earthcare group to discuss even more ways to be gentle on the planet and its inhabitants.

There is no doubt that the Earth needs our attention. We are deforesting vast stretches of land at an alarming rate, pumping too much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, throwing away untold tons of non-biodegradable materials, most of which will outlast the people living on this planet right now. If every hotel, such as the green hotels in Las Vegas were to take the initiatives that these establishments have taken, we could eliminate several tons of waste per year in keycards alone. This is why it is the time that tourist establishments that do take sustainable approaches get the attention they deserve.

In other countries such as Asia have a wonderful awards show called “The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards.” These awards go to companies that take an eco-friendly approach to the tourist industry. Even programs like community outreach are included in this program.

I do not know how most people feel, but I really enjoy seeing so many people making it their mission to reduce their impact on the planet. It is an attractive way to do business, it is considerate and it helps everyone involved, not just the business. There is a lot to be said for it, but most of all, it needs doing. In order to make a difference, these businesses need to influence others to take the same approaches.

Sam Marquit is an entrepreneurial independent contractor and home renovation/remodeling expert in New York who has made it a point to share with his readers a day in the life of sustainable building. Forecasting the possible application and implementation of new green building materials and technologies is just one small part of his effort to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.
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