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How to Get the Most from Monitoring Building Energy Use
Before measuring your building's energy use, break it down. There are three energy uses to consider when assessing a building's operations, writes David Jaber: active energy, maintenance energy, and energy for heating and cooling. Furthermore, while it's vital to have the right monitoring tools, it's also necessary to establish forecasting and analytic tools to turn that raw data into energy-saving policies, Jaber writes. (8/10)

Lighting the way: New illumination products offer multiple benefits
This article is targeted to the healthcare industry but has a lot of applicability to lodging facilities as well. As the range of lighting products and technology continues to expand and evolve, choosing the best option for varied spaces has become a more complex task.Here's some help deciding which of the many alternatives are best suited for your health care facility.

Tax Incentive Assistance Project (TIAP)
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP), sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field. TIAP is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and subsequently amended several times. For info about the energy tax incentives more generally:

2008 AH&LA Green Assessment Survey Results
Survey results from the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AH&LA) survey on green hospitality practices.

25 Pret A Manger restaurants to help NYC test recycling program
Pret A Manger's New York City restaurants have signed on with Global Green USA to be part of a pilot recycling program in New York City that aims to create a sustainable national program for recycling food-service packaging materials. Global Green is seeking additional eateries to participate in the 150-store test, set to launch this fall.

Bay Area Green Business Program
Becoming a Green Hotel

California Department of General Services - Green Lodging Program
Kelly May Department of General Sevices Executive Office PO Box 989052 West Sacramento, CA 95798-9052 Tel: 916-376-5296

California Integrated Waste Management Board
Waste Reduction in Hotels and Motels

Carbon Calculator Resources
Campus carbon calculator Here are resources you can use to calculate your facility's carbon footprint / greenhouse gas equivalencies.

Cornell Study Highlights Ways to Offset Customers' Skepticism on "Green" Restaurant Practices
When large restaurant companies implement sustainability policies, customers seem to react in a contrary way—and their evaluation of those companies may actually diminish. In a new study from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), researchers Michael Giebelhausen and Helen Chun examine this contrary behavior to see how large companies could gain the sustainability credibility they deserve. "Reversing the Green Backlash: Why Large Hospitality Companies Should Welcome 'Credibly Green' Competitors," is available.

Cost savings are biggest motivator for commercial retrofit
Cash still rules when it comes to driving change, a new survey says. That’s the top-line finding of a new survey from the Institute For Building Efficiency which talked to nearly 4,000 owners and property managers of commercial buildings on six continents. See survey results below

Cost savings are biggest motivator for commercial retrofit article
Cash still rules when it comes to driving change, a new survey says. That’s the top-line finding of a new survey from the Institute For Building Efficiency which talked to nearly 4,000 owners and property managers of commercial buildings on six continents. See article link below.

Description of Guide to Sustainable Practices Based on Government Guidelines
The IFMA Foundation announced the release of "U.S. Government Policy Impacts and Opportunities for Facility Management," a free publication in the "Sustainability 'How-to' Guide Series" offering a comprehensive, practical approach to making sustainability improvements to public- and private-sector properties based on federal government guidelines. Read a description of the publication.

Does Corporate Social Responsibility Build Customer Loyalty?
Broad initiatives like environmental friendliness and community support build only goodwill, but initiatives like offering locally sourced products and fair employee compensation -- actions related directly to the products and people that consumers face -- bring both goodwill and a higher share of wallet from consumers.

Energy Efficiency in Food Service
Food Service Technology Center ? In addition to being a clearing house of information on equipment performance, the FSTC also has expertise in commercial kitchen ventilation and building energy efficiency, including lighting, glazing and HVAC.

Environmentally Benefical Landscaping
a sustainable land management technique that is cost effective, environmentally-sound and reduces adverse impacts to the natural environment.

EPA launches bed bugs online
While bed bugs are not known to transmit disease, their presence is unwelcome and has presented difficult challenges and distress to many people. Experts suspect the resurgence is associated with more international and domestic travel, lack of knowledge necessary to prevent infestations, increased resistance of bed bugs to pesticides, and ineffective pest control practices. The encouraging news is that there are ways to control bed bugs. While there is no chemical "silver bullet" or quick fix, there are effective strategies involving both non-chemical and chemical methods.

Facility Operations and Maintenance
Resources from the Federal Energy Management Program including a downloadable Operations and Maintenance best practices guide and Fact Sheets on Money Saving Tips, Lighting, Water Conservation, and Heating and Cooling Cost Reduction. In Food Service immediately below P2 Pays new industry sector hub.

FOG Programs
The measure of a successful FOG program (Fats, Oils & Grease) is prevention of blockages and sanitary sewer overflows (SSO's) at reasonable cost. Prevention requires advance warning of problems. Automated monitoring, inspection, and reporting.

FREE Sustainability Guides
The objective of these guides is to provide data and information associated with a wide range of sustainability subjects, share examples of successfully implemented sustainable practices, and help organizations develop a business case and Return on Investment analysis for facility sustainability. Currently, seven of a projected 12 Guides are now available. The other guides include: Getting Started; EPA’s Energy Star Portfolio Manager; Food Service Guide; No Cost/Low Cost Guide; Lighting Guide.

FREE Sustainability Guides for Facility Managers released – Water Conservation and Sustainable Landscaping
Sustainability “How-To Guide” Series A Comprehensive Guide to Water Conservation: The Bottom Line Impacts, Challenges and Rewards, September 2010

Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Pollution Prevention Assistance Division - Hospitality Program
P2AD provides the Hospitality industry in Georgia with waste management and source reduction assistance. This industry sector includes hotels, restaurants and other food service providers, theme parks/amusement sites, state parks, and convention centers.

Green Buildings
California Integrated Waste Management Board - Green Building Design and Construction

Green Hotelier Website Dedicated to Responsible Business in Hotels and Tourism.
Green Hotelier Website showcases best practice among its members and the wider industry, and provides latest trends and insight into sustainable tourism. It provides inspirational, practical and technical information on green issues for the hotel sector. While based in the UK it provides many useful features for US hotels in an easy to navigate website. It is sponsored by The International Tourism Partnership a global programme of the International Business Leaders Forum.

Green Seal - Lodging Standards
Recommended Environmental Standards for Lodging Properties

Hotel Water Conservation – A Seattle Demonstration
 

Hotel Water Conservation – A Seattle Demonstration
Summary of report on hotel water conservation, a study of 22 hotels in Seattle area who had 75 rooms or over. The report was prepared for Seattle Public Utilities by Calyx Sustainable Tourism and the Rice Group in July 2002

How to Make Your Business Greener and Save Money
The New York Times recently published a great article giving tips and resources for businesses that want to save money by going green. Read real life case studies like that of Mi Rancho, a family-owned tortilla producer in San Leandro, CA: "After attending a series of workshops on sustainable business practices, Mr. Santana recently put into action a number of energy-efficiency and waste-reduction measures that he estimates will save Mi Rancho about $100,000 a year and pay for themselves well within the first year."

Is Your Restaurant Clean and Green?
Find tips on acing the health inspection, creating a strong service culture and more through environmentally responsible cleaning practices. Read the latest white paper: Making Clean and Green a Part of Your Restaurant Menu.

Lamps Eliminated in 2012
 

Laundries Water Efficiency
Laundries Water Efficiency Report

Lodging and Food Arts Best management Practices
Best management practices for hotels, motels, inns, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, and hostels. Includes office supplies and energy, HVAC, lighting, pools, spas landscaping, waste reduction, water use, towel-linen, chemicals, composting, energy efficient equipment, food purchasing and handling.

MasterCard helps track the carbon-cost of business travel
MasterCard has joined with eco-consultancy Brighter Planet to offer a new carbon-calculator service that automatically calculates the emissions generated by business travel paid for with a MasterCard corporate credit card. While other carbon calculators are available, MasterCard's offering is streamlined and integrates seamlessly with the company's online expense-calculation tools. "For the folks who have to write the sustainability reports and run a firm's corporate social-responsibility portal, the MasterCard tool could be another step to easier disclosure," Leon Kaye writes

Money-Saving Lighting Resources – Lighting Controls
Facility managers should make themselves aware, and take advantage of, numerous resources available to support lighting upgrades. * Lighting manufacturers can offer a great deal of support and expertise. * The Lighting Controls Association offers free online education about lighting controls

Money-Saving Lighting Resources – Manufacturers Listing
Facility managers should make themselves aware, and take advantage of, numerous resources available to support lighting upgrades. The NEMA EnLIGHTen America website provides general education and access to reputable manufacturers.

Money-Saving Lighting Resources – Tax Deductions
Facility managers should make themselves aware, and take advantage of, numerous resources available to support lighting upgrades. * Energy codes and LEED for Existing Buildings * Utilities in more than 30 states continue to offer rebates for energy saving lighting equipment and/or reductions in energy consumption. * The federal Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction offers an accelerated tax deduction up to $0.30-$0.60/sq.ft. for lighting upgrades under its Interim Lighting Rule

National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2011 Forecast
According to the National Restaurant Association’s (NRA) 2011 Forecast and the results of their Chef Survey 17 of the top 20 trends for 2011 are either related to sustainability or healthy eating.

NYC Wastele$$ Tips
Review the waste prevention tutorial, waste prevention tips, and identify opportunities to reduce the quantity and toxicity of waste generated by your Agency.

Operations and Maintenance Best Practices: A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency
This practical guide, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, is geared to helping facilities personnel in operating and maintaining building systems and equipment with an eye toward energy and water efficiency.

Pennsylvania - Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania - Department of Environmental Protection - Green Hotels & Motels - Greening Hotel Lobbies

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Fact Sheet - Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection - The Tourism and Hospitality Industry Goes Green

Pennsylvania Green Hotels & Motels - Tourism and the Environment
Greening the Guestroom

PPRC's Hospitality Sector Resource
An information resource listing for the hospitality sector

Press Release: 2,500 Products Now Approved under EPA Safer Product Labeling Program
As part of the Earth Day 2011 tribute and continued efforts to protect Americans’ health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that more than 2,500 products are now authorized by the agency under its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program to carry the DfE label.

Proceedings of the Third Annual Sustainability Roundtable
The international hospitality industry continues to move ahead with strategies for improving the sustainability of its operations. Proceedings of the third annual Sustainability Roundtable, sponsored by the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), are available.

Promoting Energy Efficiency in Food Services
The FSTC is the industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing. Operated by Fisher-Nickel, Inc., the FSTC has developed over 35 Standard Test Methods for evaluating commercial kitchen appliance and system performance.

Roadmaps and standards make green cleaning easy
Green cleaning often is thought of as "low hanging fruit" when facility managers work to green their buildings. And what was once quite challenging has become easy because so much work has been done over the years to identify "best practices" and to collate them in succinct "roadmaps," along with third-party programs and product standards, which will take a facility as fast and far as it wants to travel along the green journey.

School of Hotel Administration - Cornell University
Cornell Hotel School focuses on hospitality service-oriented management

Study of Hotel Guests' Sustainability Preferences
A study of over 500 business and leisure travelers, which appears in the August 2011 issue of the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, is one of only a few studies that capture leisure travelers' preferences regarding sustainability in hotels. The study found few preference differences between business and leisure travelers.

Sustainability “How-To Guide” Series Sustainable Landscaping, June 2010
 

Tax Incentive Assistance Project (TIAP)
The Tax Incentives Assistance Project (TIAP), sponsored by a coalition of public interest nonprofit groups, government agencies, and other organizations in the energy efficiency field, is designed to give consumers and businesses information they need to make use of the federal income tax incentives for energy efficient products and technologies passed by Congress as part of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and subsequently amended several times.

The Federal Green Travel Initiative - Guidance for Sustainable Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Policies and Practices
The Federal Green Travel Initiative is a government-wide partnership to develop strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions directly attributed to travel. As a part of a new initiative the General Services Administration (GSA) (which is responsible for all Federal government travel) recently released Guidance for Sustainable Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel Policies and Practices (FTR Bulletin 10-06, September 30, 2010). In addition to encouraging less travel, the guidance recommends more efficient transportation, and that travelers “Stay in Green Lodging”. “In particular, travelers should look for properties that are LEED certified, have earned EPA’s Energy Star rating or participate in EPA’s Waste Wise and WaterSense programs, and that have made a stated commitment to practicing environmentally preferable purchasing in the products and services used by the property.”

The Green Plan for the Food Service Industry
This website and program were created to help food service providers reduce waste generation and decrease amounts of oil and grease discharged into drains. The site has links to fact sheets on managing oil and grease and food.

The Tourism and Hospitality Industry Goes Green
This fact sheet about pollution prevention for hotels is a good source of waste reduction ideas, not just for the guest room, but also for the front desk, banquet areas,and Maintenance.

Trip Advisors’ 2010 Travel Trends Survey
Survey found a hotel having “green” policies factors into 33 percent of travelers’ booking decisions

Waste Reduction and Recycling
This report covers the results of a waste audit and answers the following questions: (1) What waste materials are being generated in each department of the hotel?, (3) How are waste materials being handled currently from the point of generation to disposa

Waste Reduction Opportunity Assessment
This brochure covers observations and waste stream opportunities in all major departments of the facility. In addition, (1) opportunities are summarized by commodity, (2) potential utility saving are discussed, and (3) Public Relations and Education ideas

Why sustainability matters in the service sector
Hotels and resorts are natural sustainable-business pioneers, says eco-hospitality consultant Eric Ricuarte. Hotels have a vested interest in preserving the natural resources and local communities that they rely upon to attract tourists, he explains, and they also have the potential to educate both employees and guests about sustainability issues. "This is the service industry, and the people factor is huge. ... There is an immense opportunity for hotels to help educate guests to become more socially and environmentally responsible," Ricuarte says.

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Case study/success story

A Greener Laundry Starts With Clear Goals
This article first appeared on the Green Lodging News website and appears courtesy of Green Lodging News and UniMac.

Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington's case study
Thanks to a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology, WLA’s Green Program conducted a pilot project on greening our state’s lodging industry. As part of the project, two pilot companies, Columbia Hospitality and Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington, worked with Cascadia Consulting Group to implement a number of new green lodging practices. At the completion of the project the pilot companies reported cost savings, marketing benefits and enhanced employee engagement.

Columbia Hospitality Case Study Released at part of Greening Washington's Lodging Industry Program
Thanks to a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology, WLA’s Green Program conducted a pilot project on greening our state’s lodging industry. As part of the project, two pilot companies, Columbia Hospitality and Best Western Peppertree Inns of Washington, worked with Cascadia Consulting Group to implement a number of new green lodging practices. At the completion of the project the pilot companies reported cost savings, marketing benefits and enhanced employee engagement.

Cornell Study Highlights Ways to Offset Customers' Skepticism on "Green" Restaurant Practices
When large restaurant companies implement sustainability policies, customers seem to react in a contrary way—and their evaluation of those companies may actually diminish. In a new study from the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), researchers Michael Giebelhausen and Helen Chun examine this contrary behavior to see how large companies could gain the sustainability credibility they deserve. "Reversing the Green Backlash: Why Large Hospitality Companies Should Welcome 'Credibly Green' Competitors," is available.

CSR values can spur employee productivity, study suggests
Research suggests that companies that follow environmentally responsible business practices and engage in corporate social responsibility have happy workers who are more invested. "We're finding that one of the best ways companies can create productive and engaged employees is to offer them a way to bring their values to work," says researcher Ante Glavas.

Demonstration Assessment of Light-Emitting Diode (LED) Retrofit Lamps
This report describes the process and results of a demonstration of solid-state lighting (SSL) technology in a high-end hotel ( InterContinental Hotel), by U.S. Department of Energy. Summary states LEDs can perform beautifully in retrofit applications if located wisely, but at the moment require additional homework and testing of potential lamps with the actual installed luminaires and control systems.

Hotel/Motel Waste Reduction - Planning for an Eco-logical property
This waste reduction fact sheet is one of a series that assist the lodging industry in reducing waste and realize cost savings and an improved public image. The focus here is on the key elements of a successful environmental program. The Washington Duke I

New Green Guidelines Case Studies
Created by AH&LA Green Guru Pat Maher, new case studies for improving energy, water and waste have been added to AH&LA's Green Resource Center.

Waste Reduction in Hotels and Motels - A Guide for Hotel and Motel
This guidebook was developed to assist hotel, motel and restaurant managers in organizing their waste reduction initiatives

Fact sheet/checklist

Check out Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives fact sheet.
 

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2011 Criteria
EPA announced “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient”, a new program element to identify and advance highly efficient products in the marketplace. This effort will identify the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR in particular product categories. Energy Star Most Efficient criteria and label are available now:

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2011 designation
EPA announced “ENERGY STAR Most Efficient”, a new program element to identify and advance highly efficient products in the marketplace. This effort will identify the most efficient products among those that qualify for the ENERGY STAR in particular product categories. Check out 2011 products recognized as Most Energy Efficient in 2011.

EPEAT Green Electronics Rating System
EPEAT is an easy-to-use resource for purchasers to find environmentally preferable computers and monitors. In 2012, EPEAT will begin to cover imaging equipment and televisions.

Food Waste-Management
Fact sheet - Managing food waste. Great resource for hotel industry.

Green Business Standards Checklist
Green Business Standards Checklist For Hotels and Motels

Industry-wide Index to Provide Common Standards for Sustainable Purchasing of Hotel Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E).
A group of leaders in the hotel industry representing brands, hotel suppliers, architecture firms, purchasing companies, and sustainability experts launched the Hospitality Sustainable Purchasing Consortium. The Consortium will work collaboratively to facilitate greening the furniture, fixture and equipment (FF&E) supply chain for hotels. Consortium founding members include Marriott International, Audit Logistics, Benjamin West, Delta Faucet Company, Innvision, InterfaceFLOR, PE INTERNATIONAL Inc., RTKL, SERA Architects, and Valley Forge Fabrics.

Information on the DfE Safer Product Labeling Program and Standard for Safer Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing that more than 2,500 products are now authorized by the agency under its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program to carry the DfE label.

Less Garbage Overnight
A waste prevention guide for the Lodging Industry A guide for identifying P2 strategies that can be implemented by hotels and motels to prevent waste generated, reduce the burden on the natural environment, and save money.

Less Garbage Overnight: A Waste Prevention Guide for the Lodging Industry
A guide for hotels and motels to use to identify strategies that can be implemented to prevent waste generation, reduce the burden on the natural environment, and save money. Purchasing, housekeeping, operations, and property improvements are included, as

Marine Tourism Best Management Practices
Environmental Best Management Practices (BMPs) are those practices selected by a systematic process and judged as good, exemplary or successfully demonstrated to reduce negative impacts on the environment.

New Addition to Energy Star Commercial Fryers Category
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new category under commercial fryers that can now earn the Energy Star label – an energy efficiency program that has saved Americans money on their energy bills while contributing to cleaner air and protecting people’s health since 1992. Effective April 22, 2011, EPA has expanded the scope of the eligible models to include large vat gas and electric fryers. Energy Star qualified large vat fryers are 10-35 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

New Addition to Energy Star Commercial Fryers Category
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing a new category under commercial fryers that can now earn the Energy Star label – an energy efficiency program that has saved Americans money on their energy bills while contributing to cleaner air and protecting people’s health since 1992. Effective April 22, 2011, EPA has expanded the scope of the eligible models to include large vat gas and electric fryers. Energy Star qualified large vat fryers are 10-35 percent more energy efficient than standard models.

New Fact Sheet on Cleaning Products and Work-Related Asthma
This fact sheet summarizes information about how to prevent work-related asthma and other health effects from the use of cleaning products.

Operations & Maintenance Best Practices A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency, August 2010
 

Operations and Maintenance Best Practices: A Guide to Achieving Operational Efficiency
Who isn’t trying to become more energy efficient? This practical guide, produced by the U.S. Department of Energy, is geared to helping facilities personnel in operating and maintaining building systems and equipment with an eye toward energy and water efficiency.

Pennsylvania Green Hotels & Motels
Pennsylvania Green Hotels & Motels - Tourism and the Environment - the following site will cover all subjects; a number of the subjects will also appear in the appropriate categories under Operations.

President Obama’s Plan to Win the Future by Making American Businesses More Energy Efficient through the “Better Buildings Initiative”, 2/3/11
In his State of the Union, President Obama laid out his vision for winning the future by investing in innovative clean energy technologies and doubling the share of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035. Alongside that effort, the President is proposing new efforts to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings. Last year, commercial buildings consumed roughly 20 percent of all energy in the U.S. economy. This initiative builds on our investments through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and our continued commitment to passing the President’s proposed “HOMESTAR” legislation to encourage American families to make energy saving upgrades in their homes. ?

Resources for saving energy and water in the foodservice industry
FSTC, an industry leader in commercial kitchen energy efficiency and appliance performance testing, offers a number of guides, calculators and other tools for saving energy and water in commercial kitchens through appliance purchase, design, and use of best practices.

Sustainability How-To Guides
IFMA has began a series of "how to" guides to educate facility management professionals on a wide range of sustainability topics. They provide practical information for implementation, present a business case and return-on-investment analyses, and offer case studies and references for additional information.

Sustainable Energy Guide
This Sustainable Energy Handbook aims to address energy use in facilities and transportation.

Sustainable Office Plan Guide 2012 from Sustainable Industries
Sustainable Industries offers the annual Green Office Guide a comprehensive resource for businesses working to create and implement a company-wide sustainability plan.

U.S. EPA DfE Safer Product Labeling Program and Standard for Safer Products
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has more than 2,500 products authorized by the agency under its Design for the Environment (DfE) Safer Product Labeling Program to carry the DfE label.

Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program
For more information about the Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program

Manual/handbook/curriculum

New “Toolkit” for Planning, Tracking and Benchmarking Your Healthy Food Progress
(While this was developed for healthcare, the tools can be used in any food service setting). The Healthy Food in Health Care Program announces the release of the Green Guide for Health Care Food Service Credits Toolkit. This new planning and benchmarking suite offers templates, tools and tracking sheets to support hospital food service departments* in utilizing the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) Food Service Credits to plan, implement and track their progress towards achieving sustainable operations in their facilities. Utilization of the Toolkit will also enable hospitals to compile and share actual data on their sustainability-related food service achievements to the general public, media and other interested parties.

New “Toolkit” for Planning, Tracking and Benchmarking Your Healthy Food Progress
(While this was developed for healthcare, the tools can be used in any food service setting). The Healthy Food in Health Care Program announces the release of the Green Guide for Health Care Food Service Credits Toolkit. This new planning and benchmarking suite offers templates, tools and tracking sheets to support hospital food service departments* in utilizing the Green Guide for Health Care (GGHC) Food Service Credits to plan, implement and track their progress towards achieving sustainable operations in their facilities. Utilization of the Toolkit will also enable hospitals to compile and share actual data on their sustainability-related food service achievements to the general public, media and other interested parties.

Restaurant Waste Reduction Manual A Step-by-Step Approach to
This guide provides a step-by-step approach to developing a waste reduction campaign.

Revised Guide for Environmental Marketing Claims
If you are trying to either understand environmental claims by companies, or as a supplier, comply with environmental marketing guidelines, it may interest you to know that The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a revised Guide for Environmental Marketing Claims is out for final comment until December 20th (with final guidelines expected mid-2011).

Other resources

Carbon Calculator Resources
GHG Equivalencies Calculator Here are resources you can use to calculate your facility's carbon footprint / greenhouse gas equivalencies.

Carbon Calculator Resources
Waste Reduction Model Here are resources you can use to calculate your facility's carbon footprint / greenhouse gas equivalencies.

Energy Star Webinar: Effective Communications to Promote Your Hotel’s Green Practices
Learn how to develop a communications plan that conveys your hotel’s environmental commitment. Hear how your peers have implemented new and innovative approaches to engage staff and guests. Discover how resources such as ENERGY STAR can help your property communicate with internal and external audiences.

EPA Region 9 Green Hospitality Newsletter
This periodic newsletter is provided by EPA Region 9 Green Hospitality Coordinator in order to share information that may be of interest to lodging and other hospitality facilities.

Food Waste Cost Calculator
EPA’s Food Waste Cost Calculator

Food Waste Cost Calculator and Food Waste Hierarchy Webinar Presentations and Tools ?
Did you miss EPA’s Food Waste Cost Calculator and Food Waste Hierarchy Webinar held on June 22, 2010?

Hospitality Related Associations
Hospitality Related Associations - National Organizations and State Associations

Information on WasteWise
Follow the URL to receive information on how to become a partner of EPA's WasteWise program?

Mini-Movie on Reuse of Building Materials.
Reuse It! A 12-minute, fun and fast paced video highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of building materials reuse. can now be seen online at http://www.reuseitnow.org

New Food Recovery Challenge under WasteWise
EPA has recently launched a new Food Recovery Challenge under WasteWise. If you are partner in WasteWise, consider joining the Food Recovery Challenge.

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Amendments to the Section 608 Leak Repair Requirements, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 12/15/10
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the leak repair regulations promulgated under Section 608 of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990 (CAA or Act). EPA is proposing to lower the leak repair trigger rates for comfort cooling, commercial refrigeration, and industrial process refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment (i.e.,appliances) with ozone-depleting refrigerant charges greater than 50pounds. Written comments on this proposed rule must be received by the EPA Docket on or before February 14, 2011, unless a public hearing is requested.

Recycling Bin Labels offered through the not-for-profit Recycle Across America Source: Recycle Across America web site
?A number of organizations and businesses have partnered to form Recycle Across America in the hopes of standardizing recycling labels thereby improving recycling participation. They offer a label gallery and store, state recycling resources, recycling facts, and other information.

Web site

AI & OSH Consultants: Hospitality
Links to hospitality resources in the United Kingdom and Australia.

American Hotel & Lodging Association
AH&LA provides assistance in operations, education, and communications, and lobbies on Capitol Hill.

Best Practice Ecotourism
This energy and waste minimization guide was developed to assist Ecotourism and nature-based tourism operators move further down the track to achieving best practice.

Canada's Environmental Choice Program
Includes a copy of the specifications for earning Environment Canada's EcoLogo for industrial and commercial cleaners.

Compostable Plastics 101
An overview of Compostable plastics sponsored by the California Organics Recycling Council is available.

Don't Throw Away That Food
Overview of EPA's Waste Reduction Record Setters Project, focusing on commercial and institutional food discard generators, which fosters development of exceptional waste reduction programs by documenting successful ones.

EnergyStar for Hospitality
The hospitality industry spends $5 billion dollars every year on energy. Explore and use the tools and resources to help your company improve its energy performance..

EPA Hospitality Site
The hospitality industry spends $5 billion dollars every year on energy. Explore and use the tools and resources on this site to help your company improve its energy performance.

EPA's One-Stop Information Source for Green Meetings
Green meetings help meet your meetings planning needs while minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

Green Program page
To equip Washington hoteliers to implement green practices at their properties, WLA will continue to offer a variety of educational events and web-based industry resources

GSA Releases New Sustainable Facilities Tool
The Sustainable Facilities Tool is a one-stop online resource to support decision-making regarding sustainable building principles, materials and systems. Targeted to help project personnel identify and prioritize cost-effective, sustainable strategies for small projects that do not normally engage workplace consultants or designers, the Sustainable Facilities Tool helps users understand and select environmentally preferable solutions for renovations, alterations and leases.

Hotel/Motel Waste Reduction - Guest Rooms/Housekeeping
Waste reduction fact sheet part of a series intended to assist the lodging industry in their efforts to reducing waste. The focus here is on guest room and housekeeping waste reduction practices, energy and water conservation and staff education.

IPM-Based Landscape Design
A series of information pages with photos, illustrations, and text that detail specific design and construction practices that can be utilized to help minimize the reliance on pesticides for long-term landscape maintenance.

Linens & Towels Reuse Program
Project Planet Corp. - Linens & Towels Reuse Program

National Center for Environmental Research
The National Center for Environmental Research supports high-quality research by the nation's leading scientists and engineers that will improve EPA’s scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues.

P2Pays' new industry Sector hub on Food Service
A guide to P2 information on Food Service, as well as a compilation of pertinent on-line resources. This site contains information on activities that occur at commercial/institutional food service establishments.

PPRC's Hospitality Sector Resource
An information resource listing for the hospitality sector

The Green Plan for Hotels
This website has links that provide information about energy conservation, water conservation, solid waste reduction and recycling.

Transportation Project Addresses Impacts of Tourism
Santa Barbara Car Free, also known as the Take a Vacation from Your Car Project, is a cooperative project led by the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. A group of agencies, organizations and businesses has been meeting since 1998 to disc

TRI Chemicals
The current TRI toxic chemical list contains 581 individually listed chemicals and 30 chemical categories.

University of Nevada Las Vegas
University of Nevada Las Vegas Hospitality site.

 

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