6th Disney hotel gets green thumbs up

Christopher Boyd, Beth Kassab and Scott Powers
Sentinel Staff Writers

March 13, 2006

Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Lodge has been certified for the Florida "green lodging" program, the sixth Disney hotel to earn that distinction for environmentally friendly practices. Among the hotel's green features: a towel and linen reuse program to conserve energy and water, an advanced computerized energy management system and a recycling program for visitors and staff.

Started in March 2004, the program is a voluntary initiative from the state Department of Environmental Protection. It establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution.

As reward for the designation, Florida recommends Green Lodges to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. With the addition of the Animal Kingdom property, the program has 13 hotels certified, with 14 in the process of becoming certified.

Others at Walt Disney World are: the Coronado Springs Resort, BoardWalk Inn, Port Orleans Resort, Pop Century Resort and Caribbean Beach Resort.

Jobs fair at Disney World

Walt Disney World is opening its spring rush season by seeking to fill hundreds of positions at a jobs fair to be held today through Wednesday at the Walt Disney World Casting Center.

Disney is hiring full-time, part-time and seasonal employees for food and beverage, housekeeping, lifeguarding, cooking, service, entertainment and attractions positions at all four Disney theme parks, two water parks and more than 20 hotels.

Applications will be taken between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Those interested in applying should visit the Casting Center, 1515 Buena Vista Drive, across from Downtown Disney Marketplace, or call the Disney Jobline at 407-828-1000 for more information or to schedule an interview.