Another one of Tampa's luxurious hotel properties has received the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging Program approval!

The 521-room Hyatt Regency Tampa in downtown is now officially a "green" hotel. Congratulations to everyone at the Hyatt! Nice work!

In order to receive this designation, a hotel must comply with a list of standards that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has set as "green"-worthy, or environmentally-friendly. Some of these standards include changing all conventional light bulbs to energy-saving fluorescent lighting, introducing a linen-reuse program and featuring low-flow water fixtures throughout the hotel to conserve water.

To date, more than 200 Florida hotels have attained a Green Lodging approval and even more are awaiting designation.

Now that's what I'm talking about! Keep up the good work, Florida!

For more information on Florida's Green Lodging Program, visit

Do you know of any hotels that are working on their Green Lodging designation? I would love to give them a shout-out and let everyone know who else is thinking about the environment!