MOUNT DORA — Tremain Street Cottages, located at 615 N. Tremain St. in Mount Dora, became this week the first lodging establishment in Lake County to commit to the "Florida Green Lodging Program" by the Florida Department of Environment Protection (DEP).
According to DEP, the voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance and encourages hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving "green" practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
Tremain Street Cottages Co-owners Rachelle Lucas and Brian Young accept a plaque for the "Florida Green Lodging Program" during Wednesday's presentation.
"Sustainability is an important topic for everyone in Lake County, and I am excited businesses, such as Tremain Street Cottages, are discovering the positive environmental and economic impacts of eco-friendly practices," said Lake County Commissioner Jennifer Hill.
To be designated a member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, hoteliers must institute certain green practices. These practices include water conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency measures. According to the co-owners of Tremain Street Cottages, Rachelle Lucas and Brian Young, some of the actions they took to qualify for the program included installing low-flow showerheads, energy-efficient appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs and high-efficiency air filters. In addition, Tremain Street Cottages instituted programs for linen reuse and recycling.
"We have always lived this way, and we feel like anything we can do for our small part will inspire others, which will hopefully have an overall impact," Young said. "Anything we can do to conserve makes common sense. Ultimately, we hope the whole town will get there, we just wanted to help pave the way."
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program has designated 51 hotels in the state and has more than 170 applicants. For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program, log on to www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging. For more information about Tremain Street Cottages, call (877) 268-3662 or log on to www.tremainstreetcottages.com.