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Florida Green Lodging Program Improvements

Green Lodging LogoBeginning July 1, 2009, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is launching a restructured Florida Green Lodging Program. The restructured program will not only save the state money but will continue to recognize the industry’s achievements while strengthening the program’s environmental performance and improving customer service.

Program improvements include:
  • A streamlined online application process.
  • A more robust set of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will give properties the ability to customize their conservation efforts. The BMPs will be listed online with helpful supporting documents to aide in achieving designation quicker.
  • DEP hosted webinars to provide technical assistance and ongoing education to property staff.
  • Additional online marketing and educational tools that will be available in multiple languages.

Maintaining environmental excellence in the program is of utmost importance to DEP. While the program will now be administered primarily online, it will not be a self-certification program.

New standards and requirements include:
  • Florida Green Lodging designation will be valid for three years from the date of issuance for new properties with the requirement that properties submit environmental performance data in the categories of water, waste and energy annually.
  • To renew designation, facilities must implement at least two new environmental practices. In addition, properties will be required to conduct, and document, ongoing employee education to ensure all personnel are implementing the BMPs.
  • DEP will conduct selected facility assessments on a regular basis. If deficiencies are noted, the Florida Green Lodging Program will offer technical assistance. Consistent failure to correct deficiencies will result in removal from the program.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection remains committed to the Florida Green Lodging Program and its continued success. New standards, forms and BMPs will be available online as of July 1. Please email the Green Lodging program with any questions.

 

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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