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Q: How do we know if a hotel is green or just greenwashed?

Photograph of a vine-covered building.Michele says...
Before booking with a hotel, ask if it has a linen program where you can decline changes of sheets and towels each day, and inquire about its recycling program. Other features to look for include: energy-efficient light bulbs, water-saving shower heads, locally grown produce in hotel restaurants and cleaning with environmentally friendly products. Also, make sure to check whether the hotel has been certified by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program or by a third party like the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

A travel writer extraordinaire, Michele Sponagle has visited more than 40 countries around the world. Send her your travel questions here.