When you think Houston, you definitely think "green." You think unabashed commitment to the environment. You think "The Portland of the South."
At least you do, apparently, if you're Starwood Hotels, that branch of the Sheraton company.
Starwood has announced they're opening a series of "green hotels" in four lucky cities, and Houston is one of them.
The others -- all equally known for their eco-friendly ways -- are Las Vegas, Baltimore and Lexington, Massachustetts, which apparently does have hotels.
The hotels, the chain says, will be "built to the US Green Building Council's standards and feature energy efficient appliances, lighting and water facilities and recycling bins in each room.Low volatile organic compounds paint has been used to decorate rooms which have also been fitted with carpets made from recycled content."
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Also, guests using hybrid cars get free parking, and bikes are available.
No dates were announced, and with the current economic conditions it might take a while before we see one of these things here.
Next on Starwood's list, we're guessing, is Newark, Deer Park and Chernobyl.
-- Richard Connelly