TRAVELCOOL: GREEN HOTEL AND LODGING INITIATIVES

There are a variety of efforts aimed at "greening" travel. We are currently compiling information about how to find hotel, lodging and other resources. Please keep checking back for more information.

State Specific Resources | International Resources | Green Meeting Planning | Resources For Hotels | Related Articles

State Specific Resources

California Hotels and "Green" Resources
California Green Lodging Program is serving as a role model in a variety of areas, including "greening" its' travel, conference planning and lodging choices.

Florida Green Lodging Program was officially launched in March 2004 with the certification of four hotels:

New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Program (NHSLRP) strives to encourage lodging and restaurant facilities throughout the state to continually evaluate operations for more environmentally sustainable means of pampering guests while protecting the environment. The program promotes facilities reducing their impact on the land and natural resources through their own selected initiatives.  NHSLP strives to prosper by helping members realize the financial and marketing benefits associated with potential environmental endeavors.
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Vermont Hotels
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.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel - Boston, MA
The hotel has a recycling system that has cut by more than half its laundry water use. It has installed Thermopane windows, reducing heating costs by $84,000 a year, and recycles enough paper to save 300 trees a year.

Red Lion Hotels - Portland, OR
Installed a $190,000 laundry-water recycling plant. Today 10 hotels use the plant, including seven Red Lion hotels, and have cut their water use in half.

Cheeca Lodge - Florida Keys
The lodge boasts an ecology camp for children, an “environmentally correct” dining-room menu, and an on-site wastewater treatment plant that irrigates the golf course and grounds. They also banned jet skis because they disturb the fish along its shallow coastline and turns its beach lights low at night so that nesting turtles can come ashore.

International Resources (including Canada)

Benchmark Hotel - a benchmarking tool to help hotels improve environmental performance and make cost savings.

Best Green Hotels - find hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, motels, lodges, and more - worldwide that are committed to the environment and greening of the hospitality industry.

Eco Club - small, family-owned, eco-friendly hotels at the best rates.

International Hotels Environmental Initiative

Green Hotels Association - a listing of hotels in the USA and worldwide that are eager to institute programs that save water, save energy and reduce solid waste--while saving money.

Green Leaf Eco-Rating for Lodging Program (Canada)

Greenstop.net - destination guide for eco friendly hotels and holiday companies.

Green Meeting Planning

Blue Green Meetings

Cleaner and Greener Event Certification

Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) Green Hotel Initiative

EcoSpeakers: Greening Your Conferences, Meetings & Other Events

Energy Star for Hospitality (USEPA)

EPA Green Meeting Resources

Green Meeting Industry Council - improves meeting management practices by promoting environmentally responsible strategies through the collaborative efforts.

Meeting Planners Questionnaire

Meeting Professionals International

Resources for Hotels

Benchmark Hotel - a benchmarking tool to help hotels improve environmental performance and make cost savings.

Greenseal Certified Lodging Properties (USA)

Related Articles
Hotels Go Green, Natural Life Magazine

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