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August 05, 2013 17:16 ET

Hotel Near Columbia, Maryland Embraces Its Greener Side

The Fairfield Inn Laurel Joins the Movement to Offer Superior Hospitality in a Sustainable Way

LAUREL, MD--(Marketwired - Aug 5, 2013) - Until recently, being environmentally sensitive meant recycling and not much else. But as more and more organizations participate in the eco-friendly movement, new and creative ways are emerging to minimize environmental damage, whether it's for an individual, a business or a hotel like the Fairfield Inn Laurel.

This Northern Washington, D.C. hotel near the University of Maryland recently implemented a conservation program by EarthView, the premier initiative for sustainable hospitality. As a result, the hotel has embraced ecologically-sound changes like retrofitting lights with CFL or LED bulbs instead of incandescent ones, offering recycling bins in guestrooms and purchasing recycled content key cards, all with an eye toward minimizing its carbon footprint.

The beauty of the EarthView program is that it helps the environment while also boosting a hotel's bottom line. And that's just the beginning. Taking it further is Clean the World, a nonprofit organization that recovers soap and bottled amenities that would otherwise be discarded and distributes them to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries around the world. Hersha Hospitality Trust, the organization behind EarthView, recently partnered with Clean the World, which suggests additional meaningful changes may down the road for hotels like the Fairfield Inn Laurel.

Unique among Columbia, Maryland hotels, the Fairfield Inn Laurel offers its guests an opportunity to travel guilt-free while also enjoying a convenient location between Baltimore and the Washington, D.C. area. Going green, in other words, has taken on a whole new shade.

About Fairfield Inn Laurel
Whether guests are traveling to Washington, D.C. or Baltimore, they will find ideal lodging at the Fairfield Inn Laurel. The hotel is conveniently located near Baltimore Inner Harbor, University of Maryland, FedEx Field, Six Flags America and a host of businesses like IBM, Verizon, Nestle and more. (Fort George G. Meade and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory are also close by for those affiliated with the military.) Though guests come for many reasons, the hotel's comfortable accommodations never fail to impress. Offering 109 rooms equipped with 32-inch, flat-screen televisions; free cable; microwaves; refrigerators; and well-lit work areas, the hotel strives to accommodate the diverse needs of the modern traveler. An onsite fitness center also helps guests stick to their routines while on the road; or they can try the seasonal outdoor pool or nearby skating rink for fun, local ways to stay active. Helping them get energized for work or play is the hotel's complimentary hot breakfast, which features waffles, oatmeal, yogurt and fresh fruit. From the onsite laundry facilities to the 24-hour business center, the Fairfield Inn Laurel stands out from Columbia, Maryland hotels with its attention to detail and superior value.

13700 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707 - 1-301-498-8900

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