Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa goes green to reduce carbon footprint

Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa began using all-green chemicals for cleaning its 118 guest rooms. The new products are similar in cleaning performance but help reduce the resort's total carbon footprint. By early next year, the resort will be participating in the Global Soap Project, a donation program for recovering discarded toiletries, such as soap, shampoo and conditioner. In-room amenities are reprocessed into new bars and products, which are then distributed to vulnerable populations throughout the world.

Hyatt Key West completed 32 sustainability projects, including converting 85 percent of the resort's decking to a reclaimed wood and plastic material, purchasing five percent of its energy from renewable sources and implementing a property-wide recycling program in all 118 guestrooms and public areas. Since then, the resort improved its energy and water conservation, recycling and air practices.

In August 2010, Hyatt Key West launched a "Meet and Be Green" initiative, which encourages meeting planners and attendees to make green choices for their meetings.  Recommended efforts include printing materials locally, minimizing shipping, eliminating disposable water bottles and maintaining room temperatures at an appropriate level.

The resort also participates in Hyatt's corporate green program, which allows guests to opt in to green initiatives that save previous water resources.  Bed linens are changed every third day of the stay or by request.  By hanging towels rather than placing them on the floor, guests can alert housekeeping that they wish to reuse them rather than receiving fresh towels for that day.

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