In the hotel industry, being green sometimes means ripping out the greenery.
The Intercontinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel is removing draping ivy plants from the balconies of all 361 rooms, replacing them with drought-tolerant succulents.
The Courtyard by Marriott in Torrance tore out 900 square feet of turf and flower beds, swapping them for native California grass to help cut water use by 15%.
With California in the worst drought in state history, some hotels have gone beyond simply installing low-flow shower heads and urging guests to reuse towels. The goal is not just to save water or money. It's about creating an eco-friendly image to appeal to...