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Technical Assistance Quick Links

The Florida Green Lodging Program offers technical assistance with new resources added regularly. Information is available to guide lodging facilities in meeting the requirements for Florida Green Lodging designation, including "how-to" information, guest and staff educational materials and links to valuable external sites.

If you need answers on a specific issue related to your property, please contact:
Sheena Chin, Green Lodging Program Coordinator
Email: GreenLodging@dep.state.fl.us
Phone: (850) 245-2116

Technical Guidance

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Example of guest area recycling center.

How to Set Up a Hotel Recycling Program [PDF - 195 KB]
A hotel recycling program is a requirement for Florida Green Lodging designation. This document lays out a step-by-step process for setting one up.

Managing Mercury Lamps for Recycling [PDF - 395 KB]
Fluorescent lamps, high-intensity discharge(HID) lamps and compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) all contain mercury and must be recycled properly. Learn more about how to properly manage these mercury containing lamps.

Properly Managing Stormwater [PDF - 123 KB]
Properly managing stormwater is vital to protecting the environment. This document provides tips on managing stormwater related to golf courses, swimming pools and landscaping.

Guest and Staff Education Materials
Environmental Policies Letter [DOC - 12 KB]
A letter to guests and/or staff about your facility's specific goals and your commitment to reducing your impact on the environment.

Initiative Letter [DOC - 609 KB]
A letter to guests to be used in hotel guides, guest room booklets or mail outs informing guests of your property's specific environmental initiatives.

Initiative Letter Spanish [DOC - 608 KB]
A letter to guests to be used in hotel guides, guest room booklets or mail outs informing guests of your property's specific environmental initiatives in Spanish.

Florida Green Lodging Program Poster
A variety of templates that are ideal for use in general office operations. They are Microsoft Word documents that can be easily edited and printed from any desktop printer. Reference the Poster Template Instructions for ideas, samples and other information on using the templates.
Poster Template Instructions [PDF - 621 KB]
8.5” x 11” Poster Template [DOC - 1.87 MB]
8.5” x 14” Poster Template [DOC - 2 MB]
11” x 17” Poster Template [DOC - 2.4 MB]

Guest Room Rack Card [PDF - 1.33 MB]
Information about the Florida Green Lodging Program and tips on how to be a green guest.

Do Your Part Poster
Poster for back of the house employees encouraging them to do their part by listing reminders of green practices. Available in English, Spanish and Creole.
8.5” x 11” Do Your Part Poster [PDF - 332 KB]
8.5” x 11” Do Your Part Poster Spanish [PDF - 893 KB]
8.5” x 11” Do Your Part Poster Creole [PDF - 931 KB]
8.5” x 14” Do Your Part Poster [PDF - 322 KB]
8.5” x 14” Do Your Part Poster Spanish [PDF - 278 KB]
8.5” x 14” Do Your Part Poster Creole [PDF - 323 KB]

Links to Technical Resources
EPA’s ENERGY STAR® for Hospitality
ENERGY STAR® rated appliances are recommended for facilities. Find more information on the advantages of using ENERGY STAR® equipment on this site.

EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines (CPG)
Provides a wealth of information about buying recycled-content products. Ranging from construction to landscaping products, CPG offers recommended recycled-content levels as well as contact information for manufacturers and suppliers of recycled-content products and materials.

Southwest Florida Water Management District's (SWFWMD) Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program helps hotels and motels save water and money while practicing more efficient housekeeping and landscaping.

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED)
LEED is the Green Building Rating System™. It is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

Industry Information

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Last updated: June 26, 2015

  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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