Rejuvenated Westin La Paloma Resort Earns TripAdvisor Silver Level GreenLeadersTM Status

TUCSON, Ariz. (August 1, 2013) – The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa is the first Southern Arizona resort to receive a GreenLeadersTM designation by TripAdvisor®. The new GreenLeaders program provides travelers the ability to plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the United States. The Westin La Paloma debuted as a Silver Level GreenLeader in the program.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders have met a set of environmental standards developed for TripAdvisor by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property’s listing on the TripAdvisor site.

The Westin La Paloma Resort was also one of the first in the state to receive certification in the Arizona Resort and Lodging Association’s Green Lodging Program in 2010. Some of the programs and amenities that helped earn both of these coveted designations include new energy-efficient HVAC computerized building automation systems and ENERGY STAR® rated sliding glass doors in all guest rooms and suites; recycle bins in all guest rooms and associate work areas; use of efficient showers and faucets; eco-friendly cleaning products used throughout the resort; LED bulbs for landscape; sensor P.U. – built in radio transmitter for trash pickup only when full; use of re-claimed water for golf course maintenance; biocides applied to waste water; Resort-wide conversion to T8 from T12 lighting; Electric golf and utility carts; Xeriscaping – only low-water, local flora adorn the property; and employee reuse, recycle, and ride share programs.

Glenn Sampert, General Manager of the Westin La Paloma Resort stated, “Westin La Paloma Resort associates have focused on mindfully conserving resources, employing efficient and clean practices, and subtly encouraging guests to do the same while also delivering an unparalleled level of service. We are thrilled to see these efforts recognized and promoted by the GreenLeaders program and are committed to furthering our sustainability efforts.”

“TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers.”

Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location. The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is currently adding the final signature touches to a $35 million resort-wide rejuvenation that has beautifully refreshed every corner of the property. Each luxurious new appointment delivers a more contemporary, personalized flare to the resort’s renowned elegance to better meet the needs of today’s diverse leisure and business travelers.

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