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HOTEL/MOTEL GREEN STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM. Florida Department of Environmental Protection A joint project of Waste Reduction & Pollution Prevention. Project Staff. Peter Goren, Project Supervisor 850/487-9532, [email protected] Karen Moore, Waste Reduction

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HOTEL/MOTELGREEN STANDARDS & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

Florida Department of

Environmental Protection

A joint project of

Waste Reduction & Pollution Prevention


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Project Staff



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Project Goal

To draft recommendations for establishing a “green standards” program for Florida’s Lodging Industry, which promotes water and energy conservation, waste reduction, recycling, and pollution prevention.


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Project Plan

  • Research/document what is currently being done in the lodging industry

  • Draft “Green Hotel” definition and standards

  • Solicit input from stakeholders

  • Report progress and make recommendations


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What is a “Green Hotel?”

Green Hotels are also referred to as earth

friendly inns, eco-friendly lodging, eco-lodges,

eco-hotels, and eco-resorts.

These lodging establishments feature

innovative and imaginative programs for

conserving natural resources, reducing waste,

minimizing pollution, while maximizing

sustainability.


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What is a “Green Hotel?” con’t.

Many of these facilities are designed and

constructed with a concern for environmental

quality. While other properties consist of

recycled and/or renovated buildings with

upgrades to conserve energy and water,

minimize waste, incorporate natural

landscaping, or utilize recovered building

materials. Some properties also support local

environmental efforts or groups and/or offer

environmental education or excursions.


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What is a “Green Hotel?” con’t

Although the type and level of activity at the

Green Hotel's we have researched varies

widely, all these facilities have a common

commitment to protect the environment.


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Industry Perspective Outside the U.S.A.

Skandia Hotels

Inter-Continental Hotels and Resorts

Caribbean - Project Planet Corp Conserving for Tomorrow & Caribbean Cares

St. John Island – Maho Bay

South America – Costa Rica and Mexico

Canada – Green Leaf Eco-Rating and Canadian Pacific


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Industry Perspective In the U.S.A.

Vermont – Green Hotels in the Green Mt State

Pennsylvania - DER Programs in the Pokonos

Texas – home of the Green Hotels Association

North Carolina – The Green Plan for Hotels

California – ISWMB

Arizona – Good Earthkeeping Program

Georgia – Hotel/Motel Waste Reduction Initiative

Virginia – environmentaLodging


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What’s been done in Florida?

FDEP/EPA Region IV has sponsored the

following: 1) 1991 Townsend/Earle Study 2) 1997-98 FDEP H/M Waste

Reduction Project 3) 1999-2000 FDEP/SWIX H/M Waste

Reduction Survey Project

4) 2002 Green Hotel Standards Project

These projects were all co-sponsored by the

Florida Hotel/Motel Association (FHMA)


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Existing Green Hotel Programs

  • Green Seal

  • CERES (Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies)

  • IHEI (Intl Hotels Environmental Initiative)

  • CST (Certification for Sustainable Tourism)

  • Green Hotels Association

  • ECOTEL

  • EPA’s WAVE and ENERGY STAR Programs


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Proposed Certification Process

To initiate facility will complete certification application

Two tier structure

  • The first tier will include a basic certification focuses on all facilities.

  • The second tier will focus on more stringent criteria.


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Two Ways to Become Certified

  • FDEP Waste Reduction Staff can perform an assessment at no cost, or

  • A facility may hire a certified assessor to perform the assessment.


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Initial Certification

  • Certification good for no more than two years

  • After the initial certification, facilities may opt to perform self assessments to become recertified

  • Facilities may lose certification through follow-up assessments performed by FDEP staff.

  • If facility loses certification because an outside assessor did not perform the initial assessment according to department standards then that assessors licence can be revoked and the facility will be given a set amount of time to redo the initial assessment.


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Benefits of Being Certified

  • State employees are recommended to stay at certified properties

  • Certified facilities can advertise

  • Facilities will be placed on Green Lodging list and recommended to other companies and trade organizations looking for environmentally conscience hotels and convention facilities

  • Facilities will be showcased during department presentations and functions


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Developing/Drafting Standards EXERCISE

Divide group into teams of about 6-10 people

Assign each group to an area: air, water, energy, waste reduction/recycling, sustainability/purchasing

Ask them to brainstorm a checklist of items/procedures that would help “green” a hotel.


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Developing/Drafting Standards EXERCISE

Ask each group to assign a scribe

and a speaker

Give group approximately 15 minutes

to brainstorm a list of at least 10-15

standards for their area

Group speakers will briefly present

lists to rest of audience


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Next Steps

  • Stakeholders Workshop

    Doubletree Hotel – Gainesville

    August 13 from 8am to 4pm

  • Proposed Training Program for Assessing/Certifying Hotels (TREEO)

  • Marketing/Advertising Certification Program


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Q & A

Co-Presenters:

Matina Wagner & Karen Moore


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