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Greening the Meeting (and Sleeping) Place. Greening Government Conference Arthur Weissman, Ph.D. President and CEO, Green Seal June 5, 2003. Environmental Significance of Lodging Industry. 54,000+ properties in the US

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greening the meeting and sleeping place
Greening the Meeting (and Sleeping) Place

Greening Government Conference

Arthur Weissman, Ph.D.

President and CEO, Green Seal

June 5, 2003

environmental significance of lodging industry
Environmental Significance of Lodging Industry
  • 54,000+ properties in the US
  • Average hotel purchases more products in one week than 100 families purchase in a year
  • Property is microcosm of built environment
  • Covers most major environmental issues
opportunities and challenges to environmental progress
Opportunities and Challenges to Environmental Progress
  • Little done to date re: purchases, operations
  • Very competitive industry, looking for margin
  • Question of market value of environment
  • Cannot compromise "guest satisfaction"
existing u s lodging programs
Existing U.S. Lodging Programs
  • “Green” Hotels Association
  • Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program (Canada)
  • HVS Int’l ECOTEL Certification
  • US EPA Energy Star Buildings
  • US Green Bldg Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)
  • Vermont Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State
  • Green Globe 21 Certification
existing u s lodging programs continued
Existing U.S. Lodging Programs(continued)
  • Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) Green Hotel Initiative
  • Green Seal Certification and related programs
ceres green hotel initiative
CERES Green Hotel Initiative
  • GHI seeks to increase green lodging and meeting options by catalyzing market supply and demand
  • Corporations committed to sustainability can select green hotels
    • includes Ford, GM, Aveda, Interface, American Airlines
  • Best Practice Survey checklist for planners
about green seal
13 years old



Environmental mission through environmentally responsible products and services

Product standards and reports

Greening Your Government Program


EPA criteria

ISO 14020, 14024

GEN criteria

About Green Seal
green seal s work in the lodging industry
Green Seal’s Work in the Lodging Industry
  • Active program since 1995
  • Purchasing Guide (Greening Your Property)
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association Environment & Engineering Committee
  • Certification Program for hotels
  • Special projects (e.g., suppliers project)
  • Participation in conferences, workshops
  • Articles in Lodging, Nat’l Hotel Exec Magazine
example green seal hotel stakeholders project
Example: Green Seal Hotel Stakeholders Project
  • To improve operations, purchasing through participation with suppliers
  • Involved Marriott in DC and Saunders Group in Boston
  • Initial assessment, second phase on cleaners
  • Analyzed several products in lab and field
  • Actual delivery systems affect outcomes
green seal certification program
Green Seal Certification Program
  • To identify environmentally responsible lodging properties
  • Third-party independent audit
  • Covers environmental performance criteria
  • EMS alien to hotel culture in US
  • Criteria a challenge to many
standard for lodging properties
Standard for Lodging Properties
  • Waste Minimization, Reuse, and Recycling
  • Energy Efficiency, Conservation, and Management
  • Management of Fresh Water Resources
  • Waste Water Management
  • Hazardous Substances
  • Environmentally Sensitive Purchasing Policy
gs certification and related programs in place
GS Certification and Related Programs in Place
  • Pennsylvania – certified 24 hotels for State
  • District of Columbia – certified 3 for Feds
  • Maryland – pilot of 5 in process in Baltimore
  • California – initiating pilot program with State in three major areas
  • Georgia – initiating pilot program with State
  • Virginia – audited 5 hotels in Va. program
lessons learned and new approaches
Lessons Learned and New Approaches
  • Environmental performance an add-on
  • Field performance varies from theoretical
  • Need for alliances with industry, suppliers, customers
  • Best if show bottom-line benefit
conclusion what is at stake
Conclusion: What Is at Stake
  • Growing industry, widespread effects
  • Can educate consumer through actions
  • High challenge re: performance, guest acceptance
  • Potential of positive ripples great