Identify an Environmental Champion.
A successful program needs an enthusiastic coordinator with good communication and organizational skills.
Obtain approval from appropriate management and submit an admission application.
Official sanction will let employees know that resource conservation is an important work responsibility.
[DOC - 469 KB].
Create a “Green Team.”
A “Green Team” is a group of employees who will be responsible for ensuring that all environmental improvement practices the hotel has implemented are being performed accurately and on time.
Environmental Assessment [DOC - 320 KB].
Allow the “Green Team” to identify and evaluate opportunities to improve environmental performance by conducting a walk through of the entire property.
Establish goals and identify
environmental improvement [XLS - 71 KB] projects.
Include both short and long term benchmarks. Project ideas can be viewed using the Best Management Practices or a by requesting a CD-ROM from the Green Lodging staff. To receive and maintain
designation status, basic improvement projects must be performed in the areas of communication, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and clean air practices.
Schedule an on-site designation review.
Once the designation criteria are met,
schedule a brief on-site visit [DOC - 323 KB] from a trained assessor. If the facility has met the necessary criteria, it will be awarded the One Palm
designation and will be able to take advantage of all the benefits that come with
Maintain a One Palm status to advance to the next level.
Complete the Environmental Self-Assessment and Planning Checklist and have the “Green Team” submit it to the Green Lodging
Program office. Another
designation review will be performed and upon approval a Two Palm designation will be awarded.
Continue to monitor and evaluate the program.
Have the “Green Team” periodically monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of improvement projects while making any changes necessary to improve performance. A Two Palm
designated facility can qualify for Three Palm designation after documenting continued improvement for three consecutive years.