The Old Carrabelle Hotel has announced it has been accepted as a Gold level GreenLeader in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders 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.

Innkeepers Kathy and Skip Frink run the inn on a daily basis, with Atlanta partners Will and Debbie Brown visiting when their schedule permits.

“TripAdvisor seems to have recognized our new on-demand water heating as the item that sent us up from Silver to Gold. We still think it’s amazing that a 1900s building without insulation can merit such an award, but there are dozens of other qualifiers we do meet,” said Skip Frink. “An example is recycling, using the Franklin County recycle bins on C Avenue, and composting of all non-meat food scraps. The compost goes onto the grounds, where plants grow that conserve moisture to shade and cool the building.”

The Old Carrabelle Hotel was changed by the present owners in 2001 from an antiques shop with rental apartments to the five-room inn of today. “The water heating change has been amazing,” said Frink. “We inherited stand-up 40-gallon gas water heaters, piped together, so we were constantly heating 80 gallons of water on a 24-hour basis. Now, there is no hot water in the house until someone turns on a hot faucet!”

The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program was developed in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energystar program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. For more information, please visit

 “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 260 million travelers who visit the site each month.”

Travelers can now search for accommodations that have a GreenLeaders status on the TripAdvisor site, and view a detailed list of environmentally-friendly practices that they can expect at each location.

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