Travel is a great way to enjoy new experiences, but it can also leave behind a big carbon footprint. With an eye toward the future, New York is leading the way with eco-conscious hotels aimed at providing sustainable travel solutions.

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A three-story hotel with a green path leading up to it.

Opened in August 2020, the Lake House on Canandaigua is one of a handful of U.S. hotels to use geothermal power. In the Lake House’s parking lot, 65 geothermal wells help keep the establishment running. Generated by clean energy, geothermal power is both sustainable and cost-effective. In fact, thanks to geothermal power, the Lake House’s electric bills cost half that of a traditional hotel.

A three-story hotel facade with balconies and a green path leading up to the hotel.

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Meanwhile, the Crosby Street Hotel set the LEED Gold standard for New York, becoming the first hotel in the state to attain Gold standard. Designed by Stonehill Taylor, the building has native gardens, green spaces and open-air areas that comprise 61% of the site. The native and adaptive plants are part of a water-efficient landscaping design. A kitchen garden on the 12th-floor rooftop offers 2,000 square feet of urban farming space. This green roof helps to reduce HVAC costs by absorbing solar heat.

A hotel room decorated with modern artwork and sculptures.

For those who want eco-luxury, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is designed to provide plenty of creature comforts. The hotel provides amazing views of Manhattan to create an “outside-in” feeling. The building is designed with rainwater reclamation systems and efficient cooling and heating systems. As stated in a press release, “the rainwater system irrigates Brooklyn Bridge Park during the summer months, while a 25 foot “green wall” will continue to grow overtime in the hotel lobby along with plants in almost every room.”

An outdoor sitting area framed by a large green wall of plants.

While new green accommodations can be a step in the right direction, air travel still presents a major environmental problem. Instead of cutting out all travel from your lifestyle, try different methods of transportation and limit the damage you do in other areas of your life. One new option for doing that is by choosing eco-hotels like these three in New York.

Images © Chris Mottalini, INC Architecture & Design and Stonehill Taylor