The new world of stay-at-home directives, online ordering and Zoom meetings has not stopped businesses in Sarasota from finding the time to go green. For example, take The Sarasota Modern. Situated in the heart of downtown, within the artsy and urban “Rosemary District,” the luxury boutique hotel fuses captivating architecture with minimalist design and artistic flair to create an inviting space for modern thinkers.
Using the application from the Sarasota County Green Business Partnership, hotel leadership implemented new environmental best management practices (BMPs) and improved on existing actions at the location. UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County reviewed the application and conducted a Zoom meeting—practicing safe social distancing—with The Sarasota Modern to assist the hotel with its programs.
During the online meeting, Extension learned that The Sarasota Modern is making a positive impact on our community. Starting with a staff green team that works on implementing environmental and sustainability efforts, the Modern has worked hard to implement a successful guest recycling program and has found ways to donate food to local charities in need.
As part of the Marriott Tribute Portfolio, the Sarasota Modern receives an annual review that evaluates the hotel’s energy usage and water consumption, as well as overall environmental performance. The Sarasota Modern Hotel also participates in the Make a Green Choice program, offered by corporate parent Marriott International, Inc., allowing guests to earn additional points for electing to reuse towels and linens during their stay.
About the Green Business Partnership
The Green Business Partnership is open to all businesses in Sarasota County. Certified Green Business partners operate in an environmentally responsible manner. More than 250 businesses have earned certification. Program certification includes an on-site verification of reduction, reuse and conservation practices in:
- Green Business Partnership
- Business operations;
- Solid waste management;
- Recycling; and
- Energy and water consumption.