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Sustainability & Green Practices at Grande Lakes Orlando

Recognized as a Green Lodging Destination at the One Palm level by the Florida Green Lodging Program, Grande Lakes Orlando resorts make sustainability and conservation a top priority. In addition to our efforts in maximizing energy efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint, Grande Lakes Orlando champions the conservation and protection of Florida's natural resources and wildlife, with 33 acres of protected habitat and six certified Florida Master Naturalists on site. Join our commitment to the environment by participating in our green practices and culture of sustainable hospitality.

Energy Efficiency

  • Compact fluorescent lighting used in guestrooms and corridors
  • All conference center area lighting upgraded to lower-wattage halogen bulbs
  • Photo sensors installed in all mechanical rooms
  • Energy management control systems used for lighting
  • All larger motors and equipment have VFD's to control motor speed
  • High-efficiency chillers provide cooling for the buildings
  • Insulated window systems used throughout the resort
  • Additional window tinting installed in several areas
  • Property energy management system controls all heating and cooling equipment
  • All roof areas have a coating to reflect heat buildup

Waste Reduction

  • Cardboard recycling compactor used for boxes
  • Single-stream recycling compactor installed
  • Recycling transfer stations installed property-wide for back-of-the-house use
  • Recycling trash cans positioned throughout the property for guest use
  • Recycling training program implemented
  • Bulk purchasing practices used
  • Ink and toner cartridges recycled
  • Wood pallets recycled

Clean Air

  • High-efficiency air filters used in all HVAC equipment and MERV 8's
  • Win Track Preventive Maintenance Program used to ensure proper HVAC maintenance scheduling
  • All buildings kept at a positive pressure
  • Humidity is maintained at 55% or below, preventing mold and mildew
  • HVAC system and water features inspected and tested by an independent environmental testing laboratory each year
  • Grande Lakes buildings are smoke-free
  • All exhaust fans vent to the outside, not within buildings
  • Carbon monoxide detectors and exhaust fans are computer controlled and located in all meeting spaces
  • Asbestos-free buildings

Environmental Conservation & Nature

  • The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club course designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
  • Natural habitats for wildlife created and maintained on the grounds
  • Educational eco tours, nature walks, and trails available to guests
  • Fishing operations maintain a catch-and-release fishery
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