"GREEN HOTEL" URGING OTHERS TO MAKE CHANGES
McKinleyville, CA- A local hotel is making great strides be more eco-friendly. The Holiday Inn Express in McKinleyville says they’ve made changes and are proud to say they’re the only certified green hotel in the county.
Holiday Inn Express General Manager, Calder Barnard took us on a tour to see what changes have been made. In a time where most business are economizing, This hotel says they’re dishing out more money in order to make a difference. Within the last year the facility has reached a 75-percent green-certification. They’re striving to reach 100%
"We have recycling bins throughout the hotel in every guest room,” said Barnard.
In the newer remodeled rooms they've installed heat and motion sensors. Once you leave or enter the room, it activates the heat and AC system, which makes it energy efficient. In addition to the in-room management system, a monitored hot water system automatically shuts off when not in use.
Barnard says they’re most proud of donating unused products like lotion and soap to third world countries.
"I hope that other hotels follow suit and begin to get that certification.