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Green Lodging Programs

  • California
    • Program Description
      • The Green Lodging Program brings together the lodging industry, state travelers, and the environment. Together we are diverting waste from landfills, conserving energy and water, and giving you cleaner air to breathe. So whether you’re a lodging facility or traveling for business or pleasure, this program will benefit you and future generations!
  • Florida
    • Program Description
      • The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state. Through this rapidly growing program DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources.
    • State Initiatives
      • Governor’s Executive Order:On July 13, 2007, Governor Crist signed three executive orders initiating state energy-use policies, including one that requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with the Florida Green Lodging Program designation as of January 1, 2008, whenever possible. More information can be found at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/stateagency_faq.htm
      • House Bill 7135Passed by the Legislature in 2008, it addresses the Florida Green Lodging Program.(2) Effective July 1, 2008, state agencies shall contract for meeting and conference space only with hotels or conference facilities that have received the “Green Lodging” designation from the Department of Environmental Protection for best practices in water, energy, and waste efficiency standards; unless the responsible state agency head makes a determination that no other viable alternative exists. The Department of Environmental Protection is authorized to adopt rules to implement the “Green Lodging” program. See Section 23 (pages 52-54) 286.29 Climate-friendly public business.http://www.flsenate.gov/data/session/2008/House/bills/billtext/pdf/h713502e2.pdf
    • Sate Specific Resources
  • Virginia
    • Program Description
      • Virginia Green Lodging is an initiative to promote pollution prevention practices in the hospitality and lodging sector. Virginia Green Lodging encourages hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and inns, cabin operations, and other lodging facilities to be aware of their impact on the environment and to take steps to reduce these impacts. The program provides guidance and resources on pollution prevention techniques that have been used in the hospitality industry and proven to reduce impacts and many time save money.
  • Vermont
    • Program Description
      • Vermont’s Green Hotels and Environmental Partners are using sound environmental management practices to reduce their impacts on the environment, improve their bottom line and satisfy customer demand for environmentally conscious lodging establishments.