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Alternative Hotels, Quebec and Montreal -http://althotels.ca
A small group of stylish contemporary hotels owned by a German group -ALT Hotel Quebec City is a newly refurbished hotel of 126 rooms, located in the city's bustling business district; Quartier Dix30 in Montreal is a newly constructed 14-story tower with 159 rooms located in the heart of Brossard's new lifestyle center. They set a strong environmental agenda, and the Montreal Hotels claims up to 35 per cent savings on energy bills thanks to a geothermal heating system.
 
Banff Park Lodge, -http://www.banffparklodge.com
A resort hotel and conference centre in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, 90 miles from Calgary. Although large, with more than 200 rooms, they were the first independant hotel in Canada to win a four green leaf rating for their environmental performance -they run a number of green programmes and are in the process of installing a new roof made from recycled plastic and crumb rubber tyres.
 
King Pacific Lodge, British Colombia
-http://www.kingpacificlodge.com
Absolutely stunning, this floating eco-lodge/luxury hotel can be found on Princess Royal Island and has magnificent views of the surrounding landscape. Provides guests with the opportunity to relax in luxury or to take part in a range of activities such as whale watching, fishing, hiking and kayaking. The lodge works together with Parks Canada and scientists to minimise its impact on the surrounding area and promotes sustainable eco-tourism.
 
Tundra Buggy Lodge, Churchill -http://www.tundrabuggy.com
Watch and photograph polar bears from your mobile hotel on the west of Hudson Bay. The purpose made vehicle isboth a hotel and a purpose made scientific observation platform from which you can observe the vbears close up. The organisers, Frontier North, work in close association with scientists engaged in conservation of the bears and their habitat.

USA

Colony Hotel, Kennebunkport, Maine -http://www.thecolonyhotel.com
Independent, family-owned resort hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with a sister property in Delray Beach, Florida. Both hotels strive to provide world-class hospitality with sensitivity to environmental concerns, and try to incorporate this philosophy into all aspects of their business. Programmes initiated by The Colony Hotel Ecology Group include solid waste reduction, material reuse, recycling, energy and water conservation, and hazardous waste elimination. They also try to put this message out with an education and communications campaign designed to raise environmental awareness in employees and guests.
 
Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa, American Canyon, CA -http://www.gaianapavalleyhotel.com
Five eco-leaf rated large hotel with full spa facilities just 35 miles from San Francisco. The hotel was constructed using green materials, with many recylced or renewable products and they actively promote awareness of sustainability with GreenTouchscreen® kiosks that demonstrate the amount of C02 being emitted.
 
Inn by the Sea, Maine -http://www.innbythesea.com
This luxurious beach complex boasts some impressive green credentials -it was the first hotel in Maine to be heated with Biofuel; it also has a solar heated pool and air to air heat exchangers. Other features include dual flush toilets, recycled rubber floors in the cardio room, low VOC paints and Green Seal cleaning products. Outside there are five acres of indigenous gardens certified as a Wildlife Habitat.
 
Koru Eco Spa, Block Island, RI -http://www.koruecospa.com
Everything about this eco friendly spa is dedicated to the environment, with reclaimed furniture, non-toxic paints and organic uniforms. The spa reopens for the next season in May 2009.
Orchard Garden, San Francisco -http://www.theorchardgardenhotel.com
Built to U.S. Green Building Council standards, this hotel describes itself as San fransisco's first green boutique hotel. They feature luxury 'green' rooms with key card energy control systems and recycled paper products, and offer guest the Greenopia Guide to 'green' living in San Francisco. They encourage guests to use environmentally friendly transport, using a hybrid Toyota Prius for transfers and offering rental bikes to explore the city.
 
Rancho de La Puerta Eco Spa, California -http://www.rancholapuerta.com
Award winning fitness and spa experience founded in 1940 by Edmond and Deborah Szekely. Set on 3000 acres of mountains and meadows in a sheltered valley, one hour's drive from San Diego, the spa boasts an overwhelming array of activities and health treatments. Adjacent to the spa is their own next to their organic farm, which provides fresh food for the dining room. They carry out sustainable projects with Fundación La Puerta, whose mission is to promote holistic health, fitness and natural living, supporting environmental, social and educational projects in the Tecate and border area, including the preservation of endangered native plant and wildlife habitat .
 
St Julien, Boulder, Colorado -http://www.stjulien.com
Large hotel and spa with 200 rooms and every conceivable facility. They have an extensive list of environmental initiatives ranging from target of zero waste to providing free bicycles for guests. Would be good if they could move towards renewable energy as well.
 
Terra Jackson, Teton Village, Wy -http://www.hotelterrajacksonhole.com
Luxury eco hotel and ski lodging with 72 rooms, suites and studios. All the rooms are fantastically equipped including flat screen tv, surround sound, wifi, ipod docking, natural mattresses, organic sheets and much more. The hotels has impressive eco credentials, and is pending LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. Measures include energy effecient heating and cooling, radiant underfloor heating, water conservation, very low embodied energy construction, with a high degree of recycled/recyclable materials -the list goes on and on -this is definitely one of the most truly environmentally friendly hotels we have seen.
 
Topia Inn, Massachusetts - http://topiainn.com
Award winning and extremely comfortable refurbished old inn, located in Adams in the Berkshires. Close by guests can go hiking, kayaking, mountain biking or simply just relax in beautiful countryside. Uses 100% bio fuel and solar energy systems, along with water re-harvesting, organic purchasing and sustainable materials in the refurbishment.
 
Triton, San Francisco -http://www.hoteltriton.com
A hip pop-art hotel located by Union Square founded by nine San Francisco artists. The hotel has an extensive eco friendly programme, including recycling, water conservation, non toxic cleaning agents and low energy light fittings. They also have alliances with a number of social and charitable organisations as part of their social responsibility policy
 
WildSpring Guest Habitat, Port Orford, Oregon -http://www.wildspring.com/
A small eco-friendly boutique spa resort on the Oregon coast. Accommodation is in five stylish cabins, built from native cedar and nestled among 100 foot trees. The cabins are filled with artwork, plush, overstuffed loveseats, and antique furniture. At the heart of WildSpring is the spa, with its open-air slate hot tub/spa overlooking the ocean, in a glade surrounded by tall trees. Everything they do has been designed to have a minimum impact on the environment -low impact in construction, minimal energy consumption in use and they ask guests to participate in energy saving measures.


 
From Responsible Travel:
Nipika Mountain Lodge. Kootenay National Park, Canadian Rockies
Cabins constructed using wood felled onsite on a 2000 acre mountain resort. The lodge is energy self sufficient, generating solar and micro-hydro electricity. The stunning setting includes 50km of trails, with hiking, fishing, horse-riding, canoeing and rafting
 
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