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Oak Ridge hotel earns Tennessee Green Hospitality certification

The Double Tree Hotel  has become the first hotel in Oak Ridge to earn green certification under the Tennessee Green Hospitality program.

  "The Doubletree Hotel is thrilled to be the first hotel in Oak Ridge to be certified," said general manager Gretchen Julius, "we hope to inspire the many other hotels here, and statewide, to participate in the important Tennessee Green Hospitality program."

The Tennessee Hospitality Association's green program encourages lodging facilities statewide to become aware of their impact on the environment and take steps to reduce their carbon footprint while increasing their sustainability.
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 For certification, hotels must have programs in place for recycling, energy efficiency, water conservation and waste reductions.

Conserving energy includes utilizing high efficiency light bulbs, photo sensors and motion detectors. Equipment and computers must be EnergyStar rated. There must be efficient heating and cooling, an optional linen program for guests, a "green events" program, and a plan for continued improvement.

Currently there are 20 certified Tennessee Green Hospitality hotels statewide, including three Doubletree Hotels. To qualify for the certification, hotels must meet rigid guidelines and undergo an audit by an independent environmental consulting company.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is also leading an effort to have hotels throughout the state become part of its Sustainable Tourism Initiative. The department has partnered with the Tennessee Hospitality Association in bringing attention to the need for a sustainable tourism industry.

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