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UD Tourism Commission survey hotel environments A survey of hotels and motels is being conducted in Delaware to find out whether this segment of the tourism industry is practicing environmentally friendly tech- niqiaes. Such practices in other states have shown significant cost savings through reuse, recycling and energy conservation. The statewide project is being undertaken by the University of Delaware Sea Grant Program, the Delaware Pollution Prevention Program, and the Sussex County Convention and Tourism Com- mission. The mail survey is de- signed to help those in the tourism industry and environmental offi- cials better understand to what de- gree the hotel/motel sector is prac- ticing energy conservation meth- ods, and whether this sector would like additional information to be- come more environmentally friendly. According to an industry trade group, the "Green Hotels Associa- tion," properties across the coun- try are realizing the conservation benefits as well as the cost savings of keeping their hotels and motels environmentally friendly. Some of those methods include the use of energy saving light bulbs and appliances, the use of natural lighting and reducing water con- sumption in areas such as the ho- tel laundry. Nationally, major motel and ho- tel chains are involving their guests by giving them the option of not having beds and laundry changed daily, and asking them to turn off the lights when leaving the hotel room. "We are taking a 12-question survey to the 150 hotels and mo- tels in Delaware," said Jim Falk of the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program in Lewes, who is coordinating the project. "Once the information is com- piled, we will be able to gauge whether opportunities exist for fu- ture work with hotels and motels statewide." For more information on the project, call Falk at 545-4235. McQuay's Continued from page 48 is now a better selection of stan- dard and upsca!e products, he said In addition to a better selection, he said the store is trying to stress customer service. "Hopefully, we can provide bet- ter service to the Rehoboth com- munity," Fountain said. "We try to recognize customers. We try to make sure people feel welcome when they come in the door." There are several other minor changes for the veteran business. Old Ice House now accepts credit cards, carries snacks, conducts wine and liquor tastings and has kegs available on request. Fountain said that he wants to maintain the service and conve- nience that only a local store can provide. People don't have to fight the traffic or deal with Route 1 be- cause the store is located right in town, he said. The prices will also be more competitive, offering of both worlds for consumers. "We are quite a bit more com- petitive than we were. We have lowered the prices on a lot of the items," he said. But one thing that won't change is the name of the business. The new owners decided to keep the name unchanged as a way of hon- oring the former owner, the late "Butch" McQuay. "We are definitely trying to give people a more complete store. We just hope people will come in and look," he said. The 3 L's in Real Estate! List with L UL" n g o , s GREAT GET-A-WAY Enjoy the panoramic view of Rehoboth Bay in this charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath, bay cottage with fire- place and 2 screen porches all for $205,000. CAPE GAZE'VI, Friday, August 14 - August 20, 1998 - 49 MORTGAGE America's And The Area's Largest Lender WE CAN FINANCE THE CASTLE,00o00rDREAMS[ (Even if it is in a flood zone) Home Builders are Greg Wallace of Hockessin, Darrell O'Connor and Darryl Jones of Wilmington. the "BEACH OFFICE" NORWEST MORTGAGE 4321 Highway One Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 Office (302) 227-5700 Fax (302) 227-5710 Toll Free (888) 217-5700