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Kudos to the Treasure Mountain Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Park City, Utah, for becoming (the press release says) the first hotel to join 1% Percent For The Planet, an alliance of businesses committed to leveraging their resources to create a healthier planet (BTW, it was co-founded by clothing outfitter Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard, a noted environmentalist). According to the press release:

    Members recognize their responsibility to and dependence on a healthy environment and pledge to donate at least 1% of their annual revenues to environmental organizations. TMI and 1% FTP share the goal of proving that environmental responsibility is good for business.

Among the measures the hotel is taking:

-an extensive recycling program including paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, tin cans, newspaper, and cardboard.

-using biodegradable shampoos, lotion,s and soaps made with natural ingredients that are packaged in recyclable tubes and cartons made with recycled materials. TMI is in the process of switching to recycled toilet paper and paper towels.

-encourages guests to re-use their towels and linens to reduce water consumption.

-replaced most of the common area lighting with low-energy fluorescent lights and reduced water consumption by installing water conservation shower heads in every unit. The Inn also purchases about 15% of its electric as wind power.

-reduced paper consumption by 50% by eliminating extra paperwork, placing an emphasis on electronic documents, on-line banking, using smaller paper sizes, and utilizing digital marketing collateral. Whenever paper is required, TMI uses 100% recycled paper.

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