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green. The hotel, built in 1909, has earned LEED Gold status through its eco-forward renovation, which added an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, Energy Star lighting, “greenapproved” cleaning products and a comprehensive recycling program in partnership with Berea College. 100 Main St.; 800-366-9358; boonetavernhotel.com

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THE ORCHARD HOTEL

San Francisco

LEED Gold- and Green Seal Silver-certified, The Orchard Hotel uses green practices throughout. Products are

property, even in the casino. The Aria hotel tower achieved LEED Gold certification in 2009. 3730 S. Las Vegas Blvd.; 866-359-7757; aria.com/en/hotel/ tower-suite.html

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Greensboro, N.C.

Aria Resort and Casino takes advantage of natural light.

sourced locally and organically whenever possible; the staff cleans with natural citrus-based products; low-flow water devices help prevent waste; and the hotel plants a tree for every review posted on TripAdvisor — negative or positive — as part of the

Plant a Billion Trees campaign. 665 Bush St.; 844-863-9245; theorchardhotel.com

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THE HOTEL SKYLER

Syracuse, N.Y.

The Hotel Skyler takes environmental stewardship so seriously that

it has achieved LEED Platinum certification. That’s impressive, given that the building was constructed in 1921. A closedloop geothermal heat pump helps harness heat and cools the hotel more efficiently, and 20 percent of the building materials were locally sourced. 601 S. Crouse Ave.; 800-365-4663; hotelskyler.com

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ARIA RESORT AND CASINO

ARIA RESORT AND CASINO; PROXIMITY HOTEL

Las Vegas

Proximity Hotel offers complimentary bicycles.

PROXIMITY HOTEL

Aria’s sleek, urban style makes it feel like it would fit into almost any city (minus the casino), which is a plus for some visitors. Unlike many other Strip hotels, natural light is present throughout the

Proximity Hotel blends sustainability with style in one of the nation’s LEED Platinum certified lodgings. Guests can take advantage of the complimentary bikes for exploring more than 90 miles of trails and greenways, while more than 70 ecofriendly practices are in place at the hotel, including solar panels, energy-efficient elevators and energy recovery technology. 704 Green Valley Rd.; 336-379-8200; proximityhotel.com In choosing the nominees for Best Eco-Friendly Hotel, USA TODAY 10Best editors worked with hotel experts and considered industry awards, LEED certification levels and guest reviews.

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