One of the best jobs for getting to know green business is contracting, which is what I do for a living. Doing what I do puts me right alongside the businesses that want to get as many LEED certified products into their buildings as possible. It gives me a front row seat to new green building materials and innovations. Most of all, I like getting to know the people who make green choices and I think they deserve recognition beyond LEED certification.
Some areas are paying attention to the companies that are making green decisions for the environment. One of them is Asia. "The Wild Asia Responsible Tourism Awards" is a way for the organization behind it to thank companies that care about the communities in which they operate, but also care about the environment. Initiatives that connect the business with the community, save resources and conserve natural habitats are the kind that will get businesses noticed by this awards show.
Examples of being careful with resources include installing low flow fixtures in bathrooms and kitchens, reusing waste and buying products locally. To see these kinds of practices in action, you can go to ink48 Hotel in New York City. This company not only has a lot of eco-friendly habits, but it also has a group called Earthcare. This group meets at the hotel to discuss even more ways to be kind to the environment.
Another hotel that provides eco-friendly accommodations for tourists is the Palazzo Hotel and Resort in Las Vegas. This hotel has actually been called "The Most Eco-Friendly Hotel in America." In one of the most visited places in the world, let alone the country, it is a good thing for a hotel to try to lower the city's footprint. Other businesses in the area should take that as an example and try to emulate it.
Whether it is 100 businesses or 1 business, it is always good to see people bothering to consider ecology when planning a business. Especially Las Vegas, where 40,000,000 tourists visited last year, it is encouraging to see other green Las Vegas hotels catching on. There are so many things to consider when opening any kind of establishment, so it is no easy task to break out of the norm and adopt new practices that are not specifically necessary to a business, but do it anyway because it is good for people and the planet. That is the kind of thing I want to see more often.