SOURCE: Marriott International

Marriott International

October 03, 2013 17:01 ET

Harrisburg Hotel Embraces Its Eco-Friendly Status With Recent Award

Recognized by TripAdvisor as a Green Hotel, TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey Makes Sustainability a Community Affair

HARRISBURG, PA--(Marketwired - Oct 3, 2013) - Green living and community involvement are two worthy causes that rarely intersect with one another. But at TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey, sustainable hospitality is a practice that directly benefits the community. With multiple efforts underway to reduce waste and help out local causes, this is one extended-stay hotel that has both heart and soul.

Having received TripAdvisor's Green Hotels award in July 2013, this hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has implemented a number of programs to minimize its carbon footprint. For starters, used soaps find new purpose through Clean the World, a nonprofit organization that recycles soap and shampoo to redistribute among impoverished populations and prevent disease. Magazines, meanwhile, find second homes at the local Ronald McDonald House; and unclaimed clothing left behind by guests is donated to Community Aid. And recycling, of course, happens at the front desk as well as in every one of these Harrisburg suites.

But at this family hotel near Hershey, Pennsylvania, giving back goes beyond the routine to become as playful as it is impactful. Each Friday, employees can choose to pay $2 to wear jeans to work, a sum that the hotel matches and then donates to Children's Miracle Network, a nationwide alliance of hospitals that treat millions of children each year. It's an opportunity that lets the staff feel good both physically (by wearing comfortable clothes) and emotionally as they do their part to help sick children.

As this extended-stay hotel in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania continues to develop its eco-friendly programs, it will undoubtedly accrue not only awards but the high regard of a supportive community as well. And that makes it as attractive to travelers as it is beloved by residents.

About TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey
Travelers looking to stay in Harrisburg, visit Hersheypark or explore outlying cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. will find ideal accommodations at TownePlace Suites Harrisburg Hershey. Not only are the 107 suites bigger than those at comparable hotels, they're brightly decorated and exquisitely functional with full kitchens, flat-screen televisions and expansive work areas. Guests will also appreciate conveniences like complimentary Internet and access to the fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool. Plus the hotel's complimentary continental breakfasts provide an energizing start to any day, whether it's spent doing business in downtown Harrisburg or exploring the diverse and historic destinations around town. Best yet, the friendly staff is eager to welcome every guest, including their pets. And that's just one more way this extended-stay hotel stands out from the pack.