Florida's Ocean Reef Club Receives Green Lodging Designation

Ocean Reef Club, a private club on Key Largo in the Florida Keys, has earned the prestigious One Palm designation as part of the Florida Green Lodging program, it announced yesterday.

Awarded in recognition of green initiatives at the club’s guest lodgings, The Inn at Ocean Reef, the One Palm designation qualifies Ocean Reef as a destination for green meetings and events — including those organized by government groups.

“At Ocean Reef Club, our practices have always reflected green designation standards,” says Ocean Reef Club President Paul Astbury. “This, however, is the first time we have applied for the certification, which confirms that our long-time efforts represent the highest standards of environmental care. With our location, surrounded by a national marine sanctuary, it is essential that we work to protect the natural resources that all of us share in the Florida Keys.”

Green practices at Ocean Reef Club — which offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space — include water conservation measures through low-flow plumbing fixtures, a linen reuse program, and energy efficiency achieved with ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats, not to mention the use of all-natural cleaners, recycling bins in all guest rooms, and “Going Green” signage that educates guests about the club’s environmental initiatives.

Concludes Astbury: “We are committed to green practices at highest level throughout the club, not only to conserve the environment, but also to allow us to most effectively allocate our resources in different areas to better serve our members, guests and meeting attendees.”

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