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Our eco-friendly, nature-based lodge, is the perfect place for your Florida vacation. If you enjoy golf or any type of outdoor recreation, Wildwood Resort- just 30 minutes South of Tallahassee, Florida - is the place for you and your family.


So, what is a green hotel? Green Lodges, also referred to as green hotels, earth-friendly inns, eco-lodges, and eco-resorts, feature innovative and imaginative programs for conserving natural resources. The Florida Green Lodging Certification Program acknowledges and promotes lodging facilities that demonstrate water and energy conservation, waste minimization, recycling, indoor air quality, environmentally preferable purchasing, program sustainability, and pollution prevention. It's the least we can do to conserve and protect Florida's most precious natural resources. So rest assured your stay at Wildwood Resort is certified earth-friendly.

The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state. Through this rapidly growing program DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The Florida Green Lodging Program is unique in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that are specific to protecting and preserving Florida's environment.

The lodging industry is one of Florida's largest commercial sectors. In 2005, according to research conducted by VISIT FLORIDA®, 83.6 million people visited Florida with about 50 percent of those staying in a hotel, motel or bed & breakfast. With this many visitors, the lodging industry can have a significant and positive impact on Florida's natural resources.

Going on vacation doesn't mean travelers should stop being environmentally conscientious. Be it water, fuel or energy conservation, each little bit helps to cut down vacation costs and protect the state's natural resources for future generations. Consider some of the following conservation tips for on the road travel:

  • Avoid rapid acceleration to reduce fuel consumption.
  • Avoid hard braking and sudden stops. Stay alert and anticipate traffic lights, stop signs and merges. Use turn signals. Traffic will move more smoothly which saves fuel for everyone.
  • Remove extra weight from the car.
  • Use cruise control on highway trips.
  • For any stop lasting more than a minute, shut off the engine rather than letting it idle.
  • Avoid warming the engine up before driving; it is not necessary, even in cold weather.
  • Reduce the use of the air conditioner at low driving speeds. When driving over 40 mph, using the air conditioner costs less fuel than having the windows open.
  • Park in the shade or leave the windows slightly open to reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • Refrain from topping off the tank at the gas pumps.
  • Replace air and fuel filters regularly as instructed by the vehicle maintenance manual; change air filter more often if driving in dusty conditions.

Be a "green" guest— the following practices make overnight stays more eco-friendly:

  • Keep showers short, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
  • When leaving a room, turn off the air conditioning, heat, television, lights or any other electric devices.
  • Reuse sheets and towels instead of having them changed every day. Many hotels will not replace towels if they are left hanging up neatly; if you're not sure, write a note for the housekeeping staff or notify the front desk.
  • Bring toiletries and a drinking cup rather than using the prepackaged ones provided at many hotels.
  • Know the hotel's recycling program and sort trash accordingly. If the hotel doesn't recycle, consider taking empty bottles or other items home to recycle them there.
  • Give hotels feedback. Express appreciation for any eco-friendly programs it currently offers -- or if it doesn't, encourage the management to go green in the future.

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