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Designing Eco-Hotels,Eco-Hotel Rating AND Certifiyng
 
Eco-Hotel Rating AND Certifiyng

Several groups are rating environmentally responsive sustainable-design hotels and awarding them certification on the basis of objective criteria. Those criteria are under constant review, with the aim of making them more stringent in an effort to raise the performance bar.

Eco-rating and certifying has a number of benefits. First, it sets criteria that become the design brief and marching orders for the designer. Second, attaining certification involves activities on a number of fronts, including staff education, recycling, the use of recycled/recyclable products, and energy and water conservation. Working toward certification shows in the clearest and strongest way the interrelation of many components of an environmentally responsive design and the critical balances and compromises that need to be struck to achieve success.

Attaining certification demonstrates that environmentally conscious design and operation, which often are claimed by hotel operators with little regard for fact, has indeed been achieved. More than anything else, that explains the recent explosion in interest in the various certification programs.

Table lists several eco-rating programs geared toward the hospitality industry. Of these, ECOTEL Certification has the most comprehensive and demanding engineering requirements.

Eco-rating programs for the hotel industry.

PROGRAM

ADMINISTERED BY

CONTACT

ECOTEL Certification HVS International Christopher Balfe
516-248-8828, Ext. 238
www.hvsinternational.com/ecocert.htm
Green Globe Green Globe Americas Kelly Robinson
787-725-9139
http://www.greenglobe21.com/
Green Suites International Affiliate Program Green Suites International Dan Bornholdt
909-920-1277
dbornholdt@aol.com
Green Leaf Eco-Rating Program for Lodging Hotel Assoc. of Canada and TerraChoice Environmental Services 613-247-1900
http://www.terrachoice.ca/
Green Hotels Assoc. Green Hotels Assoc. Patricia Griffin
713-789-8889
http://www.greenhotels.com/
Green Hotels in the Green Mountain State Vermont Dept. of Tourism Tina LaPerle
802-241-3471
http://www.vtgreenhotels.org/.


 
 
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