Since it was first published in 1999, the Green Seal Standard for Lodging Properties, GS-33, has represented leadership in the industry. The standard focuses on waste minimization, energy conservation , management of energy, fresh water resources and waste water, and pollution prevention. Certification requires an organizational commitment to environmentally sensitive purchasing. The standard serves as a tool to assist hotels in taking action to improve their operation and reduce their environmental footprint.
Breaking it down…
There are three levels of certification: Bronze, Silver, and Gold
- The Bronze Level recognizes those with a strong foundation of sustainable practices.
- The Silver Level recognizes those that have substantially reduced their environmental impact and operate at the leadership level of sustainable practices.
- The Gold Level recognizes those who are moving the bar of leadership and practicing the top levels of sustainability
Unlike other green lodging programs, achieving Green Seal certification means that a hotel has met all published standard requirements, has provided documented proof of compliance, and has passed a rigorous and thorough inspection process.
For full set of available resources designed to help hotels meet the GS-33 certification requirements, please visit Steps to Certification.