What is a Green Hotel? Six Things No Green Hotel Should be Without
It seems as if you cant turn around anymore without running into
something green. Nowhere is that more
true than in lodging. Green hotels or
at least, those calling themselves green are sprouting up everywhere, and
travelers are becoming increasingly more aware of what to look for and how to
judge whether or not a green hotel actually is well, green!
You want your guests to know without a doubt that theres no
green-washing happening at your green hotel.
Ive put together a green hotel checklist so you can see how your
property stacks up. Does your property
Staff Buy-In and Ongoing Education: In a truly green hotel, everyone from the front desk staff to
the owner and everyone in between fully understands, supports, practices and
can communicate the propertys environmental policies.
A Working (and funded!)
Energy Strategy: Todaysgreen hotelsgo beyond just changing a few light bulbs and implementing a linen
reuse policy. They analyze their energy
efficiency including conducting Energy Star benchmarking — and then seek out and apply for incentives,
rebates and loans that allow them to make meaningful changes in their
A Green Purchasing Plan: From locally-grown organic
produce for its banquet salads to environmentally sensitive cleaning products and
furnishings, green hotels know where and how to source the most cost-effective
Green Hotel Certification:
hotel designation from a certifying body that does on-site audits assures your
guests that your property has met rigorous environmental standards.
Specialized Marketing: Green hotels recognize that expertly targeted internet marketing is vital to
their ongoing success in an increasingly competitive industry.
So how does your property stack up? I know it seems daunting to meet all those
requirements, to track down trustworthy, LEED-Accredited Professional advisors,
find rebates and incentives, train everybody, and still manage to run a lodging
facility who has time for that?
Thats why I created EcoGreenHotel to be a one-stop
shop. We have trainers, engineers,
financial advisors, purchasing and marketing specialists, thousands of quality
green products and a certification program to meet the needs of every type and
size of lodging facility at all stages in the green hotel process. We are
LEED-Accredited Professionals specializing in energy efficiency. We can help your property achieve all of the
above in the most cost-effective way possible, and we can start today.
EcoGreenHotel is a company dedicated to helping lodging facilities address
energy and environmental solutions. Sustainability services are strategically
designed to help hotels identify incentives, rebates, and grants to allocate
toward energy efficient solutions to decrease energy costs and achieve the
Triple Bottom Line. EcoGreenHotel also offers Energy Star Benchmarking and
Energy Efficiency Analysis. For further information visit www.EcoGreenHotel.com
or call 888.229.0213.
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