A Canadian hotel using renewable energy is among members of the Green Hotels Association that promotes conservation measures in the face of falling occupancy and high energy costs.HOUSTON, Texas, US, 2001-11-15 [SolarAccess.com] Aurum Lodge in Alberta generates 50 to 90 percent of its electricity from solar and wind power, and 90 to 100 percent of its ambient heat and water heating from solar energy and wood. The result is a 90 percent reduction in fossil fuel use. “While ‘green’ hoteliers know firsthand that conservation saves money and preserves natural resources, their planning has better prepared them to weather this economic downturn,” says association president Patricia Griffin. Member hotels use hundreds of ideas, options and techniques in the GHA’s Member Guidelines and its bi-monthly newsletter, Greening News, to save thousands of dollars each year. In other examples, Lake Powell Resorts has reduced solid waste by 24 tons, water use by 1.2 million gallons and electricity by 500,000 kilowatts, says owner Diana Maris. The first goal of GHA member hotels is to save water, save energy and reduce solid waste, explains Griffin. The association promotes ecological consciousness in the hospitality industry. “Because general managers, chief engineers and executive housekeepers generally do not have time to seek out all the ideas and suggestions for conserving water and energy and reducing solid waste, Green Hotels Association has devoted itself to that task,” she explains. The cost of membership is US$1 per guestroom per year, and the association guarantees that members will save more money than its membership fee by using its ideas.