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Downtown Knoxville Hampton achieves Tennessee Green Hospitality certification

The Downtown Knoxville Hampton Inn and Suites has received a Green Lodging designation from the Tennessee Hospitality Association, reports Mike Blackerby in the daily Knoxville News Sentinel.

It is the first hotel in Knoxville to receive the recognition as part of the Tennessee Hospitality Association's Tennessee Green Hospitality certification program.

Hampton General Manager Anita Lane said the environmental measures the hotel implemented mean a smaller carbon footprint and reduced bottom-line costs for the facility.

To qualify for its Tennessee green lodging certification, the Hampton began an environmental revamp in 2008 to better conserve energy, protect air quality and reduce water consumption and waste. Lane estimates $15,000 to $20,000 was spent on the project.

The hotel also embarked on a recycling program, and now uses biodegradable laundry products and biodegradable cups, plates and eating utensils.

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The hotel also installed a low-detergent ozone laundry system that eliminates the need for hot water during the washing cycle. Eliminating the need to heat water led to a 30 percent drop in natural gas costs and a 10 percent drop in electricity, according to Mike Ferguson, the hotel's director of engineering.

The Tennessee Green Hospitality program requires six core activities - including optional linen service, recycling, water and energy conservation, a green events package, and a plan for continued improvement - to receive certification. After completing the application, businesses must undergo an on-site audit.

Other businesses in the area participating in the program:

Knoxville Convention Center
Doubletree Hotel, Oak Ridge

Looking for a location near you? THA maintains a full list of Tennessee Green Hospitality certified businesses on its website.

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