Hotel wins national green business leadership award

Habitat Suites Hotel in Austin, Texas was honored with the 2005 Green Business Leadership Award given by Co-op America’s Business Network at the third annual Green Business Conference last month. The Green Business Leadership Award was created to recognize an extraordinary company or business leader that has led the way in using business to help create a just and sustainable society, and whose efforts are at the forefront of the green business movement.

For TFM‘s coverage of another outstanding hospitality facility, see “Ah, Wilderness!” by Heidi Schwartz.

Habitat Suites is one of the 2,500 green businesses nationwide that have been screened to be a part of the Co-op America Business Network and be listed in the National Green Pages®. Habitat Suites was selected for the award, by other green businesses, for its outstanding commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.

“We are pleased to present this award to Habitat Suites for its leadership,” said Denise Hamler, Co-op America’s business programs director. “They have pushed the envelope in the hospitality industry, where greening and maintaining healthy, happy staff are difficult to accomplish.”

Habitat Suites boasts the largest solar array on a hotel in North America, a property free of pesticides, herbicides and toxic cleaners, and remarkable staff retention. They do this through their programs in air quality, land use, energy efficiency, waste reduction and management, recycling, resource conservation, water quality and conservation, human health, and public education. Habitat Suites is also a charter member of the Green Hotels Association.

Natalie Marquis, general manager of Habitat Suites Hotel shares the source of their success, “Ecological consciousness in action is our commitment to creating an environmentally sustainable future for us all. We are proud to be recognized not only for the energy and resource conservation aspects of how we do business but also for how we have sustained and nurtured our key staff to have zero turnover in the past five years. It is a privilege to work with the same team year after year and continue to learn together. What we have demonstrated is that doing the right thing for people and our planet translates into healthy business performance and profits.”

Six businesses were nominated for the Green Business Leadership Award – Habitat Suites; Choice Organic Teas; Cottonfield, LLC; Earth Healers; Frontier Natural Products Co-op; and Zhena’s Gypsy Teas – and all are taking steps to further the green business movement. The winner was chosen by their green business peers, with each business representative attending the Green Business Conference getting one vote. Past Green Business Leadership Award recipients are T.S. Designs and Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps.