Earth Day may have come and gone in a flash, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't at least try to live as greenly as possible every day. Of course, when it comes to traveling, that's easier said than done, but don't fret. Here, a few eco-friendly, LEED certified hotels to keep in mind when planning your mini- or honeymoon. And don't forget about those carbon offsets!
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Dubbed the greenest hotel in America with an impressive LEED Platinum certification, Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, North Carolina doesn't scrimp on style or service. From solar-powered water heaters (there are 100 panels on the roof) to the energy-reusing electrical system, conservation never felt so comfortable.
It seems counter-intuitive, but Sin City's newest destination is a stellar example of how luxurious eco-friendly design can be. Aria Resort and Casino earned a LEED Gold certification, the largest building in the world to do so, thanks to its energy-efficient slot machines that double as air-handling units (the better to cool guests), contemporary guest rooms using only certified woods and carpets and low VOC paints, and more. City Center in general is pretty green, too.
And the W San Francisco is the first existing brand hotel to earn a LEED Silver certification. Energy-efficient lighting, carbon-neutral events, and local, organic food are just a few of the green improvements you can expect.