Hyatt Regency Tampa Receives Florida Green Lodging's Two Palm Stamp of Approval

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today recognized The Hyatt Regency Tampa as the City of Tampa's First Hotel in Downtown to receive the Florida Green Lodging Program Two Palm designation. The Two Palm designation recognizes increased energy conservation and pollution prevention measures since the properties' One Palm designation. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving "green" practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.

To receive the Two Palm designation, hotels must maintain the green practices established during One Palm designation for at least 12 consecutive months. Properties conduct an environmental baseline assessment and demonstrate a reduction in energy and water consumption as well as waste disposal. In addition, facilities must have developed and implemented performance improvement goals and evaluated their progress. The highest level of designation is the Three Palm designation, which occurs after a property has maintained Two Palm status and demonstrated continual improvement for three consecutive years.

"We take pride in being the first Hotel in Downtown Tampa to achieve this prestigious designation," says Derrick Morrow, general manager of The Hyatt Regency Tampa. "It is only through the continued commitment and hard work of the Hyatt Regency Green Team that we're making these significant improvements."

Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. As reward for designation, the state is recommending designated properties in the Florida Green Lodging Program to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. To date, the program has 144 designated properties and more than 325 applicants.
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