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Holiday Inn Fargo Awarded the Prestigious Green Eco-Leaf Rating

Fargo, ND - May 6, 2010 (PRN): Holiday Inn Fargo becomes one of 1st lodging properties in Fargo, ND to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. Currently 2 hotels in Fargo (http://www.istaygreen.org/getcityus.cfm/city/Fargo/st/ND) have been rated environmentally friendly, and Holiday Inn Fargo is one of 1st lodging properties to complete the comprehensive environmental audit administered by iStayGreen.org. The property earned 2 Green Eco-Leafs, which is a "Good" rating.

All Green Eco-Leaf Rated properties are committed to environmentally friendly initiatives. Richard Varner, founder of iStayGreen.org states: "Holiday Inn Fargo earned their 2 Green Eco-Leaf Rating by implementing recycling, energy and water conservation measures and becomes the second lodging property to earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating in Fargo. We are starting to see momentum in the Plain States with hotels becoming more proactive in their greening efforts."

To insure a more sustainable future some of the eco-initiatives put in-place at the property include: an on-site Green Team has been created - energy efficient lighting is installed when replacing old lighting - sheets reuse option for multiple night stays - towels reuse option for multiple night stays - eco-initiatives are actively promoted to the public - water conserving devices are installed when replacing old fixtures - recycle containers are located around the property common areas - reusable food & beverage service is used in lieu of disposable service items - recycled paper products (bath tissue, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc) are utilized - environmentally friendly chemicals are used in cleaning - the entire property is non-smoking - cotton bedding and towels (non-synthetic) are utilized - plus much more. The complete audit can be viewed at Holiday Inn Fargo Environmental Self-Audit (http://www.istaygreen.org/ecoaudit.cfm/hid/10222942).

Hotels in North Dakota are becoming progressively greener. In addition to the Holiday Inn Fargo one other hotel has recently earned the Green Eco-Leaf Rating. North Dakota lodging properties that have recently been awarded the Green Eco-Leaf Rating include the Country Inn Suites Fargo.

The lodging industry recognizes the need to create a sustainable future for travel. While the Holiday Inn Fargo is the second Fargo lodging property to achieve the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, it is anticipated that many other properties in the area that are promoting eco-friendly initiatives also will seek to be rated. This eco-rating allows the public to know the specific environmental initiatives in place at a property, which enables the environmentally conscious traveler to make informed lodging decisions.

For additional information about Holiday Inn Fargo contact them at 877-282-2700 or visit http://www.fargohi.com/. To find out how a property can earn the Green Eco-Leaf Rating, contact Richard Varner at 602-864-5553 or visit http://www.iStayGreen.org.

About iStayGreen.org:
With iStayGreen's rapidly growing searchable directory of 100,000 lodging properties and over 4,500 already Green Eco-Leaf Rated, it's easy for anyone to quickly locate and compare "Green" lodging worldwide. To earn a Green Eco-Leaf Rating, hotels must complete a thorough self-audit, and then are rated based on their eco-initiatives. The site also provides an effective way for hotel owners and operators to promote all of the good "Green" things they are doing. Visitors to the site can create their own profiles, add friends, recommend properties, upload photos, form groups, create and respond to forum threads, make reservations, and add comments and reviews to hotel profiles.



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