Green Hotel Certifications

Last week we introduced you to green friendly hotels. This week we’d like to introduce you to the certification programs which are presently available. Below you will find our list of the most highly regarded hotel certification programs around the world. Please note that these programs are all independently audited, and they may not share the same standards across the board:
Green Hotel Certification Programs
Green Globe Certification & The Green Hotel Certification Program:  The Green Globe Certifications program established by Green Globe International, Inc. The program identifies compliance internationally accepted green, sustainability standards for tourism properties and businesses.
Green Key Eco-Rating Program:  The Hotel Association of Canada’s (HAC) Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels, and resorts that are committed to improving their fiscal and environmental performance. 
The Green Tourism Business Scheme of the United Kingdom:  The GTBS accredits a range of different types of accommodation providers on their efforts to reduce their environmental impact.
 
EarthCheck:  The EarthCheck Program helps to calculate and then validates the carbon claims of the largest accommodation providers on the planet and guides them in their sustainability initiatives.
 
Green Seal Certified:  The Green Seal Certification is a non-profit organization that uses science-based programs to empower consumers, purchasers and companies to create a more sustainable world. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way since 1989.
The U.S. Green Building Council:  The USGBC awards LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification to hotels around the world that are built and/or operated for improved environmental performance.
 
The Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Program™:  STEP is offered by  Sustainable Travel International (STI) and is aligned with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and applicable to tourism businesses of all sizes.
The Luxury Eco Certification Standard: The LECS offered by Sustainable Travel International (STI) is the world’s only voluntary, global sustainable tourism certification program offered by a non-profit organization that is specific to the luxury accommodation sector.
Energy Star:  An EPA program that rates energy efficiency not just in light bulbs and refrigerators but in hotels as well. More than 150 properties participate in this program.
The Rain Forest Alliance:  The Rainforest Alliance works with hotels, restaurants and other tourism businesses to help them improve their environmental, social and economic practices. Through training and technical assistance, we teach them how to operate sustainably and verify their progress toward this goal.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Program:  The LEED Program was created by the U.S. Green Building Council to certify that buildings meet with standards of energy efficiency, conservation, and sensitivity to locale. 
The Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC):  The Partnership for the Tourism Sustainability Council (TSC), a group developing universal criteria for sustainable tourism.  
Florida Green Lodge Program:  A Florida Green Lodging Program designated property is one that implements programs and practices aimed at protecting and conserving Florida’s natural resources and the environment, while educating their staff and guests about its importance.  There are over 419 designated properties in Florida and in excess of 390 additional applications pending.
The Audubon Green Leaf Program:  TerraChoice Environmental Marketing and Audubon International have partnered to present the Audubon Green LeafTM Program designed to offer great resources for the hospitality industry.
Please visit our sister site Find Me A Hotel.com for more information about the green hotel programs.
Starting next week we will introduce you to leading hotel brands and their environmental initiatives.

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January 07th, 2011 Posted by vacations4 Filed in: Uncategorized
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