The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino was recognized this fall with the "Award of Excellence" by Keep the Sierra Green (KSG). The KSG honors businesses that operate with sustainable business practices.

"Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe consistently strives to be environmentally conscientious, and we are extremely honored and proud to be recognized with Keep the Sierra Green's Award of Excellence," remarked Mark Pardue, General Manager with Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa, and Casino. "Through the introduction of our Green Team, a group committed to generating awareness and implementation of all things "green," we are becoming a more sustainable business from the inside out."

Businesses must meet requirements in five categories to be eligible for the green Award of Excellence. The resort demonstrated advances in solid waste reduction, pollution prevention, energy conservation, water conservation, and energy awareness.

The resort recycled over 151 tons of waste in 2008, including items such as paper and cardboard, beverage containers, used vegetable oil, landscaping waste, and batteries. The net reduction of greenhouse gas emissions totaled the equivalent of keeping 53 cars off the road per year, and the net energy reduction dropped the equivalent of lighting 17 houses for one year. The resort also reduced air emissions and saved over 182 barrels of diesel fuel by recycling oil.

The Lake Tahoe Hyatt's efforts last year included $50,000 to retrofit lighting, including compact fluorescent bulbs in all 422 guestrooms and motion sensor lighting throughout many areas. The resort also has reduced electrical consumption by 35 percent due to "turn it off" programs.

Food and beverage operations rely on sustainable, organically grown ingredients and use take-out containers and cutlery that are biodegradable and compostable. Cooking oil is recycled as heating oil. Other sustainable practices include eco and "lake-friendly" materials as part of the resort's landscaping program.

The resort offers ski packages for seven Lake Tahoe resorts, including Alpine Meadows, Diamond Peak, Heavenly, Homewood, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Mt. Rose, and Squaw Valley.

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