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Eco-friendly hotels save green, studies show
Eco-friendly hotels save green, studies show

Hotel owners can save some green by going eco-friendly. That is the consensus of three studies by Cornell University professors who studied whether there is an advantage to operating environmentally friendly hotels over traditional hotels. The first study found that guests are not willing to pay more to stay at a hotel with an environmental designation. But the other studies found hotels that receive an environmental designation, such as a certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council, are cheaper to operate and, as a result, generate higher profits. When the three studies are taken together, the conclusion is that being green...

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