Conservation and the environment are always on the mind when traveling in Haiti. I've seen the country lurch forward (and backwards) in spurts during my 10+ visits over the past three years. No doubt, Haiti still faces big challenges as it relates to its infrastructure and preserving (or in some cases reinvigorating) the local environment.
It's easy to feel some guilt over the situation when staying at one of the posh hotels in Port-au-Prince and its uptown suburb of Petion-Ville. If you're staying at the Marriott Port-au-Prince, though, you can rest a lot easier than elsewhere in the capital city.
The reason: this new hotel was built from the ground up with Haiti's future in mind. A good 60% of the hotel’s hot water demands are met by an array of thermo solar panels on the roof. A one-megawatt solar farm located nearby further minimizes the hotel’s carbon footprint.