State of Maine Names Hilton Garden Inn Green Leader

The Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, Maine, has been certified as an Environmental Leader by the state thanks to its commitment to everyday environmental stewardship, the hotel announced this week.

The hotel, which has 138 guest rooms and four meeting rooms, was recognized for its continued efforts at sustainability. Those efforts include recycling all paper and plastic products that are used at the hotel and using environmentally friendly products to clean and maintain the property. The hotel has an eco-friendly saline swimming pool, for instance, that doesn't require chlorine or other harsh chemicals. What's more, it has switched all of its cleaning products to earth-friendly brands and has installed energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and common areas.

"Through our hotel programs and our hotel team we have made a conscious effort to reduce our energy consumption, conserve water, minimize waste, use environmentally preferred cleaners and purchase local foods," Scott McKenney, the hotel's general manager, said in a statement. "In addition, our guests also contribute to our environmentally friendly efforts by participating in our 'conserve to preserve' linen program, turning off their guest room lights and turning down the thermostat when not in their room."

The Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch is one of 82 hotels that have received environmental certification as part of Maine's Certified Environmental Leaders in Hospitality program.