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Project Planet, Educational Institute of AH&LA Work
Together to Offer "Green" Programs to Hoteliers
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ORLANDO, Fla., February 2004 — The Educational Institute of the American Hotel & Lodging Association is working with Project Planet, the hospitality industry’s leader in environmental programs, to provide hoteliers with an eco-friendly linen and towel re-use program. 

Hospitality professionals will now be able go to the Educational Institute’s web site and use its secure, online shopping cart to purchase Project Planet’s in-room materials that encourage guests to use their bed linens and towels more than once. EI will also link to the Project Planet web site, which features implementation tips and comments from hotel staff and hotel guests who applaud the program and its environmental goals. Customers can also call or fax the Educational Institute to order Project Planet products.

"The Educational Institute is pleased to offer Project Planet's resources to our customers as a way to help hoteliers meet their environmental responsibilities through proven conservation strategies," said Anthony G. Marshall, EI's president. 

“We believe that the partnership with EI is a natural,” said John Stanley, president, Project Planet. “Educational Institute customers now have one place to get their training products along with starting and replenishing the Project Planet program supplies.” 

Project Planet produces in-room materials that include door hangers, towel hangers, pillow cards, and table brochures that describe the benefits of reusing linens and towels. Guests learn that by using their bed linens and towels a second day, rather than having the housekeeper replace them, the hotel can reduce water and energy costs, benefiting the environment. In one month, a 100-room hotel can save 6,000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of detergent, and also save money on labor, electricity, and linen replacement fees. The average hotel can save over $20,000 in its first year of implementing the program. 

The materials, which are printed in English with translations in Japanese, Spanish, German, French, and Chinese, are available in a variety of styles to fit a hotel’s locale—for example, forest/mountain, coastal, or ski/winter resort. There is also a version of the program especially for properties in the Caribbean. 

For more information or to purchase Project Planet products, visit the Educational Institute’s web site at www.ei-ahla.org , call 800-752-4567 or 517-372-8800 (outside the U.S. and Canada, call 407-999-8100), or fax 517-372-4104.

Established in 1953 as a nonprofit educational foundation of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, the Educational Institute is the premier source for quality hospitality education, training, and professional certification, serving the needs and advancing the excellence of hospitality schools and industries worldwide.


 
Contact:
Elizabeth Johnson 
  Academic and Allied Marketing Manager
  517-318-2359
  ejohnson@ei-ahla.org
  www.ei-ahla.org
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