HOTELMOTEL GREEN STANDARDS _ CERTIFICATION PROGRAM

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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, Peter.Goren@dep.state.fl.us

   Karen Moore, Waste Reduction
    850/921-9225, Karen.S.Moore@dep.state.fl.us

   Slade Syrdahl, Pollution Prevention
    850/921-9231, Slade.Syrdahl@dep.state.fl.us

   Matina Wagner, Project Coordinator
    863/424-5646, matina@gte.net
Project Stakeholders (confirmed)
Legal             St John River     Southern
Environmental     Water             Waste
Assistance        Management        Information     Richard
Foundation        District          eXchange,       Keller (MES)
Alachua County    Gaineville
Office of Waste   Regional     Volusian
Alternatives                   Water Alliance UF/TREEO
                  Utilities (GRU)
                               City of        Sarasota
FDEP              Hilton @ WDW Gainesville    County
                  Doubletree        Residence Inn
FHMA              Tampa             Gainesville     Florida Power
Doubletree                          Sarasota        Amelia
Gainesville       FLAUSA            County          Island
                  Southwest FL      Florida         Linda Tozer,
City of St.       Water Mgmt        Cooperative     Energy
Petersburg        District          Extention       Consultant
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.
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
 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.
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.
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.
  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
           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
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
    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
 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.
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
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
       Q&A

       Co-Presenters:
Matina Wagner & Karen Moore

				
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