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OUTDOOR SpACES 6-minute reading time Have a success story to share as it relates to your outdoor space? Write to our editor at protEcting thE EnvironmEnt When caring for the environment, hoteliers should focus on these three basic components of landscaping. by MIKE FITzPATRICK F OR HOTELIERS, THE LONGTERM cost savings associated with going green has made environmentally friendly landscaping an increasingly attractive option. But for many hotel owners and property managers, going green can seem like an overwhelming task, as they don't know where to start. Because there are so many high-tech methods of going green on the market today - from using biodegradable hydraulic fuels, to composting, for example - basic principles of sustainable landscaping have often been overlooked. By focusing on the three most basic components of your landscape 4 8  | MAY 2016 | TODAYSHOTELIER.COM (fuel, water and grass), you will be able to successfully implement green practices and get the most bang for your buck. alternative fuel sources When considering the biggest threat to the environment, the release of greenhouse gases from fossil fuels is at the top of the list. One simple way to promote a sustainable green landscape is by taking a look at the type of equipment your landscaping professionals are using on your hotel's property. If they're using outdated equipment, it might be time to have a conversation with them. Alternatively, if you're looking to hire a new landscaping contractor, building specifications into your contract such as age of equipment and emission standards can help you protect the environment. Below are three types of alternative fuel sources that emit little to no carbon monoxide emissions and help increase landscaping sustainability. Propane Due to the progressively toxic effects gasoline-powered equipment has on the environment, more manufacturers are replacing their gasoline-powered equipment with propane-powered mowers and trimmers. Many companies turn to propane fueled equipment because it is similar in price to gasoline. photo CoURtESY wIngatE bY wYndham, wYndhamwoRldwIdE.Com. Going green with landscaping sustainability http://www.wYndhamwoRldwIdE.Com http://www.TODAYSHOTELIER.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Today's Hotelier - May 2016

Letters From Leadership
Lobby Bytes
AAHOA Spotlight
The Making of a Great GM: 8 Skills to Master and Cultivate
Food & Beverage
Thinking Local Without Limitations
Government Affairs
AAHOA's New Chairman: Bharat (Bruce) Patel
Finance & Revenue
Marketing & Sales
Mike Leven's Most Important Accomplishment
Outdoor Spaces
Founding Members
AAHOA Events
Advertiser Index

Today's Hotelier - May 2016