Florida Green Lodging Program Improvements
Beginning 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
- 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
- DEP hosted webinars to provide technical
assistance and ongoing education to property staff.
online marketing and educational tools that will be available in
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
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