Inns and hotels join Delaware’s Green Lodging program
Four inns and a hotel have joined the Delaware Green Lodging program and received certification for implementing green hospitality practices that are designed to conserve natural resources, save money and enhance their marketing potential as environmentally-responsible businesses.
The newly certified participants in the program are: AmericInn of Bear, AmericInn of Harrington, AmericInn of Milford, AmericInn of Rehoboth and the Microtel of Dover. To qualify for the Delaware Green Lodging program, the hotels implemented five basic green lodging practices: recycling, water conservation, optional linen service, energy conservation and a “green events” package.
“This is a great example of businesses that understand what’s good for the environment is good for the economy,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “We are strengthening our tourism industry by offering more environmentally-friendly alternatives through the Delaware Green Lodging program. I congratulate all the participating businesses.”
DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara also saluted the newest program participants and beckoned others to go and to grow green.
“We’ve got an ambitious goal of getting every hospitality business in Delaware certified for the Green Lodging program,” O’Mara said. “Reducing environmental impacts while strengthening one’s market position is just smart business and an innovative way to attract guests who are concerned about protecting our environment.
“We are grateful for our strong partnership with the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Association as we work together to achieve that goal of 100 percent Green Lodging certification for the state’s hotels, motels and inns.”
DNREC’s Web site includes an overview of the Delaware Green Lodging program, the checklist businesses need to complete to qualify for the program and additional information. A list of participating businesses and environmentally-friendly practices implemented is also included online. More information about the program can be found by visiting www.dnrec.delaware.gov/p2/Pages/GreenLodging.aspx.
Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO), cited the significant upside in participating in the Green Lodging program.
“Establishing sustainable green practices makes good business sense and is a worthy investment in protecting Delaware’s environmental resources and in the economy,” he said. “The newly-certified hospitality venues are to be commended for choosing to participate in the Delaware Green Lodging Program by providing environmentally-friendly accommodations and setting an example for other state businesses.”
The Delaware Green Lodging Program is a voluntary, self-certifying program that encourages hotels, resorts and other hospitality facilities to understand their impacts to the environment and implement pollution prevention practices.
Facilities that meet the requirements receive a certificate and window decals and can display the Delaware Green Lodging logo on marketing materials. In addition, Green Lodging hotels are listed on the program website and are eligible to participate in grant opportunities.
Pollution prevention practices implemented by the new Green Lodging participants include:
? Optional linen service;
? Use non-phosphate and biodegradable laundry detergents;
? Minimize use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals;
? Water and energy conservation plans;
? Recycling of aluminum, office paper, newspapers, cardboard, plastic, glass, toner cartridges, fluorescent lamps, batteries and electronics;
? Use recycled-content paper;
? Offer green events package;
? Purchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics;
? Use of green cleaners;
? Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials;
? Use of natural lighting, compact fluorescent light bulbs and EnergyStar appliances;
? Minimize use of pesticides and herbicides.