There are 92 properties currently listed in North Miami Beach. At this time there are 10 "Green" lodging properties listed of which 7 properties have completed the iStayGreen Audit. The Raleigh Hotel has been awarded a 3 Green Eco-Leaf Rating.
To qualify for the Green Eco-Leaf Rating The Raleigh Hotel completed an audit of their property's compliance with over 70 unique eco-initiatives. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, enviromentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits, plus many other factors. In it's efforts to create a more sustainable travel future and reduce their impact on our environment, The Raleigh Hotel employs 32 eco-initiatives.
For detailed information regarding environmental measures currently employed by The Raleigh Hotel please contact the property directly or email iStayGreen.org.
The Raleigh Hotel is part of a pilot research study with Florida Atlantic University and the Florida Green Lodging Program. The final result will be a Report that will assist other Miami Beach Hotels in their greening initiatives, and in the process we will be completing all the steps needed to qualify for the "One Palm" certification, and then continue for a full year to achieve the "Two Palm". The Raleigh is an historic, Art Deco Hotel, built in 1940, one of the first to be built on our stretch of beach in Miami Beach. Some of what we have planned to do to go Green must be approved by the historical society that oversees Art Deco buildings - our bathrooms, for example, must retain the original tile and configurations, and certain green changes may not be possible. We also have an HVAC system that is extremely challenging to maintain due to its age and, in many rooms, its near-inaccessability. Despite these limitations, we are delighted to move ahead in everything possible to become ecologically friendly. The green team leader is part of a committee headed by the Administrator of the South Dade Soil & Water Conservation District, to create a composting project with other Miami Beach Hotels that will result in a product that can be utilized by local farms and nurseries. Also, we have a system to bottle our own filtered water for guests, and another system for employees, eliminating plastic bottles completely. We are planning to have our assessment for certification within the next few weeks.