Gray Line of Seattle Earns Five Star Rating From King County's EnviroStars Program



    
    Top rating recognizes ongoing efforts for environmentally friendly
business
    practices

    
    SEATTLE, Oct. 6 /CNW/ -- Gray Line of Seattle has earned the highest
green rating possible -- five stars -- from King County's EnviroStars program,
earning it recognition for improving the environment and reducing hazardous
waste.
    Businesses certified by EnviroStars, which is sponsored by King County's
Hazardous Waste Management Program, are given a two- to five-star rating based
on their demonstrated commitment to reducing hazardous waste.  The higher the
star rating, the more proactive the business has been, and the more
recognition they receive.  The program also provides consumers with an
objective way to identify environmentally sound businesses.
    "We are proud to receive the coveted five-star rating from the
EnviroStars Program," said Judy Sprute, Gray Line of Seattle's director of
sales.  "Gray Line of Seattle is actively working to protect and preserve the
environment in the Pacific Northwest in many ways."
    EnviroStars upgraded Gray Line of Seattle from a four-star rating to a
five-star rating based on a number of recent initiatives undertaken by the
company through its Go Green Campaign.  They include: using ultra-low sulfur
fuel in coaches, having an energy review by Seattle City Light, replacing
two-cycle engines with four-cycle engines, a radiant heating system that
recycles waste oil and a neighborhood park cleanup effort.
    "Gray Line has worked to become a more environmentally aware business
since 1996, long before any of our competitors," said Sprute.  "We've been
working to reduce our impact on the environment in every part of our business,
from engines to light bulbs.  Our Go Green campaign has been very successful,
and the five-star rating is an important recognition for us."
    Gray Line now uses ultra-low sulfur fuel in its motor coaches, resulting
in the most environmentally friendly large fleet in Washington State.  The
company employs a wash water recycler that reuses 92 percent of water used in
the washing of motor coaches, a radiant heating system that recycles waste oil
to heat the shop and wash bay floors, and water-oil separators that gather
run-off water from the parking lot.  Any incidental fuel spillage is prevented
from reaching storm drains because storage tanks are located within
containment areas.  Spill kits are stationed in the refueling area, near oil
storage tanks and in the shop for rapid cleanup and containment of any spill.
    Gray Line also ensures all cleaning compounds it uses are environmentally
friendly, recycles anti-freeze and incorporates the best management practices
when finally disposing of anti-freeze, and recycles all paper, glass, plastic
and aluminum in its administrative workspace.
    The company recently underwent the largest private motor coach engine
re-power program in North America replacing two-cycle engines with four-cycle
engines which are more fuel-efficient and reduce CO2 emissions.  Additionally,
Gray Line requested a review by Seattle City Light to help reduce waste and
save energy; subsequently it has replaced exit signs and shop lighting with
efficient long-lasting bulbs, as well as included motion sensor lighting in
its facility.
    
    About Gray Line of Seattle
    
    For more than 90 years, Gray Line of Seattle has been the area's premier
full-service tour operator specializing in Pacific Northwest vacation
packages, customized sightseeing and package tours, charter services, and
airport shuttles to hotels and cruise ships.  A division of Holland America
Line, Inc., Gray Line of Seattle operates the largest fleet of luxury motor
coaches in the Pacific Northwest.  Information: 800/426-7505 or
http://www.graylineseattle.com.
    About Holland America Line [a division of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE:    CCL and CUK)]
    Holland America Line's fleet of 14 ships offers nearly 500 cruises to 314
ports in more than 100 countries, territories or dependencies.  Two- to 08-day
itineraries visit all seven continents, and highlights include Antarctica,
South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia voyages; a Grand World Voyage;
and popular sailings to ports in the Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Canada/New
England, Europe and Panama Canal.  A 15th ship, ms Nieuw Amsterdam, is
scheduled to join the fleet in 2010.

    
     CONTACT:  Rose Abello / Sarah Scoltock
     PHONE:    800-637-5029
     FAX:      206-262-5934
     EMAIL:    pr@hollandamerica.com
    Gray Line of Seattle
    




For further information:

For further information: Rose Abello, or Sarah Scoltock, 1-800-637-5029,
fax, +1-206-262-5934, pr@hollandamerica.com, both of Gray Line of Seattle

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