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Green Hotels - Resources, Ecolabels and Standards

American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA)

What is AH&LA doing to make hotels greener?

AH&LA provieds a Green Resource Center which has tools and resources to take your efforts to the next level. For personal assistance, find out how you can get a one-on-one appointment with the Green Guru. Additionally, Green Lodging News provides an extensive list of RSS feeds, providing a wealth of information from breaking news and features to articles and blog posts on green and sustainable initiatives.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection

What green meetings/hotels work do they do?

A guide by the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Sustainable Initiatives. Sustainable initiatives are voluntary, non-regulatory programs that assist Florida industry and citizens in protecting Florida's environment. Sustainable Initiatives programs include the Clean Marina Program, the Clean Vessel Act program and the Florida Green Lodging Program.

Read the Meeting Planner's Guide to Going Green, Tips and Best Management Practices and find other resources on their site.

Green Globe

What is Green Globe doing to make hotels greener?

The Green Globe Standard is a structured assessment of the sustainability performance of travel and tourism businesses and their supply chain partners. Businesses can monitor improvements and document achievements leading to certification of their enterprises' sustainable operation and management.

For more information visit the Green Globe Certification Standard site. Members can view the Green Glove Standard with a complete set of criteria online.

"Green" Hotels Association

What is "Green" Hotels Association?
"Green" Hotels Association's purpose is to bring together hotels interested in environmental issues. From adding "Drinking water served on request only" to the menu to installing new HVAC systems, and with every measure in between, "Green" Hotels Association encourages, promotes and supports the "greening" of the lodging industry.

What green meetings/hotels work do they do?
Hotel managers, chief engineers and executive housekeepers do not have the time to search out all the water- and energy-saving ideas that apply to the hospitality industry. Consequently, "Green" Hotels Association® has devoted itself to that purpose. On joining, members receive a comprehensive list of suggestions and ideas on how to reduce the hotel's impact on our environment.

GHA's free "Meeting Planners Questionnaire" asks 43 pertinent questions designed to reveal the greenness of a hotel, lodging establishment or convention center. Areas covered by the questionnaire include recycling, purchasing of recycled or recyclable items, food and beverage service, bottle deposits, leftover food, meeting materials, guestroom amenities, guestroom linens, water and energy conservation. Each question may be answered Yes or No and examples or further information may be inserted. When planning meetings or conventions, the questionnaire can be faxed or e-mailed to any number of hotels or conference or convention centers.

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

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NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) - Hospitality Sector

What is the NW Pollution Prevention Resource Center?
The Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) is a nonprofit organization that is the Northwest's leading source of high quality, unbiased pollution prevention information. Created in 1991, the organization has a half-million dollar budget and serves the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. PPRC has established itself in the Northwest and nationally as an essential resource for pollution prevention.

What green meetings/hotels work do they do?
PPRC has compiled an information resource listing for the hospitality sector. Although this list just scratches the surface of P2 possibilities, it does provide a good springboard for those who are interested in P2 and hospitality and are not sure where to start.

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

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Green Seal - Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties

What is Green Seal?
Green Seal is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environment by promoting the manufacture and sale of environmentally responsible consumer products. Green Seal sets environmental standards and awards a "Green Seal of Approval" to products that cause less harm to the environment than other similar products.

What green meetings/hotels work do they do?
Green Seal has partnered with the lodging industry, the nation's second largest employer, to support the notion of ecotourism. Green Seal's campaign to educate hotels and motels focuses on how environmental efforts improve the bottom line and benefit the environment. Green Seal has also initiated a certification program for facilities that meet leadership standards in green management planning and practices.

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

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Hotel Association of Canada - Green Key Eco-Rating Program

What is the Hotel Association of Canada?
Founded in 1913, the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is the national organization representing the accommodation industry in Canada. Their objective is to assist both our national and international members as they endeavor to enhance their competitiveness and achieve their bottom line.

What green meetings/hotels work do they do?
The HAC has developed and maintained the Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program for the Canadian hotel industry. The Program involves a graduated rating system which recognizes a hotel's achievements through the award of one to five Green Leafs.

Who should I contact with questions or for more information?

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Audubon International Green Lodging Program

The Green Lodging Program provides third-party verification that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practice standards and have demonstrated a strong commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Through a comprehensive and credible method for assessing the extent of the environmental measures undertaken, participating facilities can reduce environmentally-related costs and gain a marketing advantage.

Florida Green Lodging Program

The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Floridaís natural resources. The programís environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) is the forum for business leaders in the Travel & Tourism industry. WTTC works to raise awareness of Travel & Tourism as one of the world's largest industries. WTTC advocates partnership between the public and private sectors, delivering results that match the needs of economies, local and regional authorities and local communities with those of business.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)

Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel. This is accomplished through the work executed by its diverse programs: international standardsetting, destinations, education and training, market access, and accreditation.

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Energy Star Program

What is Energy Star?
Energy Star is a voluntary partnership between the US Department of Energy, the EPA, product manufacturers, local utilities, and retailers. Partners help promote efficient products by labeling with the Energy Star logo and educating consumers about the benefits of energy efficiency.

What does it offer?
The program includes these initiatives:
Energy Star for Lodging
Energy Star Hospitality Resources
Energy Star Small Business
Energy Star Buildings and Plants
Energy Star labeling of Buildings.

How do I find out more about it?

Energy Star


What is the Initiative?
WasteWise is a free, voluntary, EPA Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise is a flexible program that allows partners to design their own solid waste reduction programs tailored to their needs.

What does it offer?
As a WasteWise partner, your organization can save thousands or millions of dollars by reducing, reusing, and recycling solid waste materials.

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What is the Initiative?
WaterSense is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation's water supply by promoting and enhancing the market for water-efficient products and services. Saving water is easy-many products are already available for use, and it doesn't require changing the way most of us live or do business. By choosing products labeled through the WaterSense program, you know you'll be saving water for future generations.

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