Popular online travel site, TripAdvisor has named a Miami Hotel in its annual GreenLeaders list. The annual eco-travel survey took votes from 2,000 travelers who named the 221-room Hampton Inn & Suites in Brickell/Downtown Miami as the ninth best eco-friendly hotel in the country.
Since opening in September 2011, the hotel boasts it has budgeted energy, electric and gas consumption to save anywhere from 11 percent to 49 percent in utility costs than a standard hotel.
Comparably, the Brickell Hampton Inn has more energy-saving equipment, such as shower curtains made of 80 recycled plastic bottles each. The hotel also uses biodegradable utensils, plates, and foot containers made from potato starch to feed its guests.
Other energy saving features include low-flow water faucets, dual-flush toilets, and master light switches that control all of the lights in the room.
According to the survey, 98 percent of survey respondents said the most common way they travel green is to ensure lights are turned off when they are not in their hotel room, while 23 percent said they have consciously made an eco-friendly travel choice in the past year.