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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is a Florida Green Lodging Program Designated Property?

A Florida Green Lodging Program designated property is a hotel, motel, resort or bed & breakfast that implements programs and practices aimed at protecting and conserving Florida’s natural resources and the environment, while educating their staff and guests about its importance.

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2. What is the Florida Green Lodging Program?

The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. It is a voluntary, non-regulatory program designed to acknowledge and reward environmentally conscious facilities in the lodging industry. The Florida Green Lodging Program is unique in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that focus on Florida’s Environment. The goal is to help Florida’s lodging industry become sustainable while continually improving their environmental performance.

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3. How does a hotel become a designated Florida Green Lodging Program Property?

Each property goes through a step-by-step process set up by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Florida Green Lodging Program. Once a lodging facility makes the commitment to the process they submit an application and complete a self-assessment. The self-assessment details the environmentally friendly practices necessary to meet the standards of the Florida Green Lodging Program. Once the lodging facility implements these practices they request an On-Site Assessment, during which a Green Lodging trained assessor will evaluate the facility to ensure it meets requirements to become a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging program. After a successful completion of the On-Site Assessment a ceremony is scheduled and the property becomes a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program.

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4. Who designates members of the Florida Green Lodging Program?

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has a team of assessors who perform a detailed walk-through of each facility assuring it has met the requirements of the Florida Green Lodging Program.

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5. What can I expect to see when staying at a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program?

Each hotel is required to meet a minimum set of environmental practices. The set of practices each facility implements may vary from one hotel to another. Examples of things to look for include: recycling in guest rooms, the lobby, vending or eating areas; compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) throughout the hotel; low flow toilets, showerheads and faucets; linen and/or towel reuse programs; the use of “green” cleaners and Energy Star rated electronics and appliances. Remember each hotel will have a slightly different program so be sure to ask hotel staff about their “green” practices.

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6. What is the difference between one, two and three palm designation?

One Palm Designation
To achieve this level of designation a hotel/motel must have completed the core activities representing a minimum set of best management practices in the areas of communication, water conservation, energy efficiency, waste reduction and clean air. In addition, they must obtain support from top management, form an active multi-disciplinary “Green Team” and operate in compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Two Palm Designation
To achieve this level of designation a hotel/motel must have maintained the facility’s One Palm status for at least 12 consecutive months prior to applying for Two Palm designation. They had to have conducted an environmental baseline assessment and demonstrate a reduction in energy and water consumption and a reduction in waste disposal. In addition, they must developed and implemented performance improvement goals, and evaluated their progress.

Three Palm Designation
To achieve this level of designation a hotel/motel must have maintained the facility’s Two Palm designation and have demonstrated continual improvement for three consecutive years. To retain this designation level, the facility must continue to maintain or improve its high level of commitment to protecting the state’s environment through the Florida Green Lodging program.

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7. Are there other Green Lodging programs currently operating?

Yes, there are other states that have implemented similar types of programs including Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Vermont, California and Virginia.

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Last updated: October 14, 2009

  Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Green Lodging Program, 3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, M.S. 30, Tallahassee, Florida 32399
850-245-2100 (phone) / 850-245-2159 (fax)  
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