On February 29, 2008, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) welcomed Bellasera Hotel to the Florida Green Lodging Program. Bellasera was the first condominium hotel recognized with this environmental honor and the first to be designated as a Florida Green Lodging property in Collier County. Bellasera Hotel has gone above and beyond to continuously sustain environmental protection practices, and is excited to announce that their constant green efforts have allowed them to earn a second palm designation in August 2015.
The Florida Green Lodging Program provides voluntary guidelines for lodging properties to help conserve natural resources and prevent air pollution. Bellasera Hotel has implemented a myriad of environmental procedures, contributing to their first palm recognition. These “green practices” involve a number of recycling and improved energy efficiency, water conservation, and air quality initiatives and programs. Hotel guests and staff have the opportunity to recycle not only glass, plastic, cans, and paper, but also batteries, cell phones, print toners, ink cartridges, fluorescent bulbs, appliances, and computer equipment. For improved energy efficiency, the hotel participates in FPL’s initiative “Sunshine Energy”, an environmental program that produces clean electricity generation. Air handler units are cleaned frequently and utilize energy-efficient programmable thermostats and air filters. Additionally, the Housekeeping and Laundry departments use green cleaning products.
Since making a commitment to green initiatives and earning their first palm in 2008, Bellasera is proud to share that the property now sends 68% more materials to be recycled, resulting in 11% less materials needing to be sent to landfills. Bellasera has recently installed energy efficient lighting throughout the units and parking lot, resulting in a decrease in the expense of electricity by 32%. In addition, Bellasera has improved its water conservation measures through the use of low flow plumbing fixtures and replacing high volume water tanks with on-demand systems. Bellasera has also joined the Adopt a Road program to help reduce countywide litter and raise community awareness. The implementations of these additional green efforts have exponentially increased Bellasera’s positive impact on the environment and local community, earning them their second palm designation.
“When making decisions concerning refurbishments, guest amenities or other purchases, we always consider implementing initiatives that we know will help the environment as a whole,” says General Manager, Brian Schomacker. “We have opened up a dialogue with our guests through our suggestion boxes, comment cards, our linen reuse program, and various recycle opportunities offered to show our guests how serious we take this responsibility. Our open communication and dialogue with our guests also gives them an opportunity to take some of our ideas home with them.”
Bellasera Hotel is proud to have earned their second palm and will continue to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources through green practices and environmental initiatives.
ABOUT FLORIDA GREEN LODGING
Established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, this program encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources, and recognizes and rewards environmentally conscientious lodging facilities throughout the state. It is distinctive in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that are specific to the Florida environment.
ABOUT BELLASERA HOTEL
Bellasera offers 100 designer-decorated studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium suites. Bellasera also features a heated outdoor pool and spa, fitness center, room service, concierge service, poolside cabanas and Zizi Naples Kitchen, an Italian inspired restaurant and lounge, offering al fresco dining under the stars.
Bellasera Hotel, one in SunStream Hotels & Resorts collection of distinctive properties in Southwest Florida, is located at 221 Ninth Street South in Naples, Florida. For reservations and information, call 1-866-604-3982 or visit BellaseraNaples.com.