Since Four Points by Sheraton Tallahassee Downtown opened its doors, we have been committed to conserving resources and protecting Tallahassee’s environment. Our mission is to preserve Tallahassee’s beautiful environment and encourage tourism and corporate growth in Florida’s Capital. All citizens, including businesses, have a responsibility to consider how they are impacting their local environment. I am proud to work with an ownership group that encourages our team and guests to practice eco-friendliness.
As part of our commitment to sustainable practices, the Four Points by Sheraton is a proud sponsor of the Sustainable YOU Conference hosted by the City of Tallahassee. This year’s theme is sustainability: the power of collaboration. It’s bringing together business professionals, community residents, elected officials, sustainability professionals, environmentalists, students and government to explore and share sustainability best practices that address many of the environmental, economic and social opportunity areas facing our local community.
Sustainability and green practices must truly be a collaborative effort and we need to work together to make environmentally responsible choices. I hope these conversations will continue even after the conference has ended. We look forward to the opportunity of working with local businesses and citizens to promote an environmental commitment here in our hometown.
The Four Points by Sheraton strives to lead by example. I am honored that our hotel will be the first hotel in Tallahassee to receive the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certified designation. LEED certification looks at a business from top to bottom and evaluates its green efforts. During each step of the renovation, Four Points by Sheraton looked for ways to reduce waste, reuse existing materials and recycle what could not be used.
From the green roof and composting to the solar panels and free bicycles for guests, our sustainability efforts are visible and we hope we can help guide other local businesses as they work to incorporate more green practices.
We talk frequently at the hotel about our opportunity at every customer interaction to make the world a better place for that guest. This same opportunity exists every day in our hometown and we gladly accept the challenge to be a leader in making a positive impact in our world.
I encourage everyone in the Tallahassee community to consider what you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Sustainability should be a priority for everyone. I have seen how small changes can make a large impact and encourage everyone in the community to consider your individual impact on the local environment.
By: Bo Schmitz