According to Accor, the Sofitel properties in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, and San Francisco will buy 1,527,000 kilowatt hours of Wind Energy which is equal in environmental benefits to offsetting approximately two million pounds of carbon dioxide per year: the impact of which is equivalent to planting more than 800 acres of trees each year or not driving 2.36 million miles.
For the seriously eco-minded, Wind Energy is a clean source of electricity produced when specially designed wind turbines capture the wind to generate electricity. Like historical windmills that generated power, modern wind turbines are the fastest growing and one of the most cost-effective renewable energy technologies in the world. Wind-generated power also is said to help combat climate change.
And this is not the first foray into the green landscape for Sofitels. The hotels have implemented other efforts to reduce water and energy usage (like the) use of ozone laundry systems in its properties) Last September, Sofitel San Francisco Bay was honored by the WateReuse Association as 2007 Customer of the Year for collaborating with California's City of Redwood City on its Recycled Water Project.
As hoteliers across the globe continue to beg the environmental question, it seems "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind."
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