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Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations congratulates local accommodations for green initiative

RELEASE DATE: March 19, 2009

GROVELAND — The Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations is pleased to announce the addition of three lodging establishments to the "Florida Green Lodging Program" by the Florida Department of Environment Protection (DEP).

Lake County accommodations added to the program this year include:

• Best Western Lake County Inn & Suites, 1380 E. Burleigh Blvd., Tavares, (352) 253-2378
• Fairfield Inn & Suites, 1750 Hunt Trace Blvd., Clermont, (352) 394-6585
• Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont, (352) 394-3969

The three additions to the Green Lodging Program join Lake County’s first participant, Tremain Street Cottages of Mount Dora, which committed to the program in 2007.

"I am excited our local accommodations are discovering the positive environmental and economic impacts of eco-friendly practices," said Greg Mihalic, Director of the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations.

According to DEP, the voluntary state initiative, which was launched in March 2004, 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. 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.

As reward for designation, the state is recommending designated properties in the Florida Green Lodging Program to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program, log on to www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging.

For more information about the Lake County Department of Tourism & Business Relations, located at the Lake County Welcome Center at 20763 U.S. Highway 27 in Groveland, call (352) 429-3673, e-mail welcomecenterinfo@lakecountyfl.gov or log on to www.lakecountyfl.com.

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