PAUL KARNSTEDT

The two-year-old Hotel Verde at the Cape Town Airport isn’t just green in name: eco-friendliness has been incorporated into every aspect of the property. Last year the 145-room hotel in South Africa received its second LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  These are a few of its most unusual features:

1. Pooled Resources

Rather than rely on chemicals to keep the swimming pool clean, the hotel constructed its own surrounding wetlands to naturally filter water.

2. Power Workouts

Hotel Verde’s fitness equipment doesn’t just burn calories, it creates (a little) electricity that flows back into the hotel’s system.

3. Priority Booking

To minimize carbon impact, the hotel books the most energy efficient rooms first—and that varies depending on the season.

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