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InterContinental Tampa Takes Environment to Heart with Green Initiative
Hotel Awarded 4 Green Key Rating
Tampa, Fla., April 4, 2011.)– InterContinental Tampa is pleased to announce that it has achieved a 4 Green Key rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
A 4 Green Key rating demonstrates that the InterContinental Tampa has shown national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through its wide-ranging policies and practices. The hotel has mature programs in place that involve management, employees, guests, and the public, and which have shown substantial and measurable results.
InterContinental Tampa was recognized for sustainable practices including energy and water conservation and efficient use, relevant training and education and “eco-purchasing.” Additional programs include donating untouched food items to local food banks, the use of local, organic foods on the menu and an Energy Star for hospitality. The hotel is committed to these practices through a formal, written action plan that is reviewed and revised at least once per year and through the formation of an environmental committee.
“It is important to us as a company to build environmental programs into our daily culture and keep them top of mind when improving on our current product or when implementing something new,” said Mary McCarthy, director of engineering.”The end result is a better, cleaner, more socially responsible product for our guests to enjoy.”
About the InterContinental Tampa
Offering contemporary comfort in the heart of Tampa Bay, the InterContinental Tampa is centrally located, within walking distance to several popular shopping and dining destinations, and convenient to downtown museums and historic districts. InterContinental Tampa boasts a rooftop pool with spectacular views of the bay and city; a state-of-the-art fitness center; and crowd-pleasing on-site dining at Shula’s Steak House. The InterContinental Tampa’s award-winning “In the Know” concierge directs guests to popular Tampa Bay destinations, as well as local hideaways.
About Green Key
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is the first of its kind to rank, certify and inspect hotels and resorts in North America based on their commitment to sustainable “green” operations. The program was originally developed for the Hotel Association of Canada by a leading environmental engineering firm. Designed specifically for hotel operations, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a comprehensive environmental self-assessment that will allow each participating property to benefit on several fronts – cost savings, increased bookings from environmentally conscious consumers and meeting planners and responsible corporate citizenry. Visit www.greenkeyglobal.com for more information.
Kelly Prieto, APR
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