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Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 2013 … CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, has announced that its property, the Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center, has been awarded the prestigious Bronze GreenLeaders™ Award from TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel website.  The GreenLeaders program helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly lodging accommodations throughout the United States.  The Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center is situated in the heart of one of the nation's greenest cities, Portland, Oregon, which is renowned for its sustainability initiatives.

TripAdvisor awards GreenLeaders status to hotels that have met a set of environmental standards developed by a leading environmental consulting firm, with input from expert partners. The more green practices a hotel has in place, the higher its GreenLeader level, which is shown on the property's listing on the TripAdvisor site.

"It is an honor for our property to join the TripAdvisor GreenLeader program," said Peter Kilbourne, general manager of the Courtyard by Marriott Portland Downtown/Convention Center.  "We operate in a destination that is renowned for sustainable living and we strive to be a part of this in all ways possible.  As well, our guests appreciate our concern for minimizing the hotel's impact on the environment."

Travelers can search for environmentally-friendly accommodations throughout the country and globally that offer a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect to find at each hotel.

"TripAdvisor GreenLeaders are leading the hospitality industry in making efforts to improve their environmental footprint," said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. "We greatly applaud these accommodations and are pleased to share their eco-friendly practices with our online audience of more than 200 million travelers."

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit www.tripadvisor.com/GreenLeaders.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRIP) manages and operates websites under 19 other travel media brands:, www.bookingbuddy.com, www.cruisecritic.com, www.everytrail.com, www.familyvacationcritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.holidaywatchdog.com, www.independenttraveler.com, www.onetime.com, www.seatguru.com, www.sniqueaway.com, www.smartertravel.com, www.tingo.com, www.travel-library.com, www.travelpod.com, www.virtualtourist.com, www.whereivebeen.com, and www.kuxun.cn

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, January 2013

About CSM Lodging

CSM Lodging, a division of CSM Corporation, acquires, develops and manages quality hospitality real estate investments within select markets across the United States. The company is known for their business ethos of treating their customers and associates with integrity and respect, and for their commitment to the future of the communities in which they live and work.

In 1994, CSM purchased its first hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota. By the end of 2002, CSM had opened 29 hotels and developed a presence in Minneapolis, Portland, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Seattle and Naples. Today, CSM Lodging manages 38 hotels nationwide and continues to achieve awards in design, openings, quality, sales excellence, marketing and revenue management.

CSM Lodging is part of the CSM Corporation family of companies, founded in 1976, which has engaged in the acquisition, development, leasing, management and ownership of quality real estate assets. The extensive portfolio includes retail, office & industrial, multi-family residential, and hotel properties across the United States. 

Contact: Ken Ellens

KenEllens@aol.com / 201-758-2864 / 201-951-9511-Cell

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