are not just small eco-tourism facilities in remote
locations--they are becoming more mainstream, as large
international hotel chains are showing that they are
very comfortable with the concept. Presently, all
of Hilton International's properties in Japan are
in the process of receiving full certification.
such as The Benjamin in New York City and The Orchid
in Bombay are other examples of large, luxurious city
hotels that have become green. These properties feature
intensive staff training, including weekly update
sessions; extensive signage in staff areas reinforcing
the need for conservation; the mandatory use of water-conserving
plumbing fittings and energy-conserving lighting;
the extensive use of recycled materials; and a comprehensive
solid-waste separating and recycling program.
the move to full appreciation of environmentally responsive
design accelerates, the engineering community will
become as familiar with the basic tenets of sustainable
design as it is with local building codes. That familiarity
will greatly improve the environment and the world.