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Rainforest Certified

Rainforest Certified

Rainforest Certified

Many businesses claim their products are sustainable, but how do consumers really know? Increasingly, they are demanding an independent, third-party seal of approval. Distinguish your goods and services through the Rainforest Alliance's family of marks.
Farms, forestry operations and other businesses that meet the appropriate certification and verification standards earn access to the Rainforest Alliance family of marks for on- and off-product promotions.
Agriculture
Rainforest Alliance Certification offers farms a way to distinguish their products as being socially, economically and environmentally sustainable.
Forestry
Our diverse set of certification and verification services includes forest certification; legality, logging and forest carbon verification and validation; and forest products chain-of-custody certification (wood, paper, furniture and more).
Tourism
We offer verification services to hotels, restaurants and inbound tour operators who are interested in improving their environmental, social and economic practices and are on their way to obtaining certification.
Forest Carbon
We offer validation and verification services to forest-based carbon projects under a variety of credible standards, including the Chicago Climate Exchange, Plan Vivo and the Verified Carbon Standard.
www.rainforest-alliance.org/certification-verification

New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging Program

New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging Program

New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging Program

The New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Program (NHSLRP) strives to encourage lodging and restaurant facilities throughout the state to continually evaluate operations for more environmentally sustainable means of pampering our guests while protecting the place that both we and our guests love.  The program promotes facilities reducing their impact on the land and natural resources through their own selected initiatives.  NHSLRP strives to prosper by helping the hospitality industry realize the financial and marketing benefits associated with potential environmental endeavors.

https://www.des.nh.gov/index.htm

Green Concierge Project – Catskills

Green Concierge Project – Catskills

Green Concierge Project – Catskills

The Green Concierge Project is grant funded through the Empire State Development and the Catskill Watershed Corporation. 150 lodging facilities in the Catskill Watershed region are receiving technical assistance to improve their economic and environmental sustainability practices. Fifty facilities will participate in a green certification program to further document and verify their sustainable practices. The project goal is to instigate environmental sustainability and economic stability one property at a time. Properties eligible to participate must be located in the counties and towns of the Catskill Watershed.

hospitalitygreen.com

Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating Program

Audubon Green Leaf™ Eco-Rating Program

This program provides the assurance that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practice standards that are required for a rating of one to five Green Leafs. The program began in 1998 to meet the lodging industry's desire to provide quality guest services, while minimizing their impact on the environment. Through a comprehensive and credible method for assessing the extent of the environmental measures undertaken, participating facilities can reduce environmentally-related costs and gain a marketing advantage.
By earning a rating in the Audubon Green Leaf™ Program, you’re confirming your commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency.

Maine Protection’s Environmental Leader program

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Leader program

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Leader program

Maine tourism businesses recognize the importance of protecting our state’s natural resources. It is these very resources that make Maine an attractive vacation destination for millions of travelers each year.
A number of conservation minded Maine businesses have been certified by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as Environmental Leaders by implementing programs to:

  • Reduce energy
  • Conserve water
  • Minimize waste
  • Use environmentally preferable cleaners
  • And educate the public and their customers on reducing environmental impact

Participating Maine green lodging properties all post the Environmental Leader flag at their places of business. Search for participating businesses below.
Learn more about what businesses must do to qualify for the Maine Environmental Leader program.

Florida Green Lodge Certification

Florida Green Lodge Certification

Florida Green Lodge Certification

The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The program’s environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.
Learn more about Florida Green Lodging Program.

Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Nordic Swan Ecolabel

Nordic Swan Ecolabel

To be approved for Swan label requires that the hotel meets the stringent requirements covering such issues as the hotel's energy and water consumption and waste.
An environmentally certified hotels meet environmental requirements in a variety of fields such as energy, water, waste and chemicals.

On a Nordic Ecolabel hotel reduces its water consumption by switching to water-savingfaucets, shower faucets and toilets. They sort and minimizes the amount of unsorted waste.Cleaning is done with eco-labeled detergent and washed dishes at the restaurant with ecodetergent. Toilet and kitchen are labeled. Swan makes regular inspections required to follow up to our standards are followed, butalso to have the opportunity to talk with you and discuss ideas, proposals and marketing plans.

http://www.nordic-ecolabel.org/

EarthCheck

EarthCheck

EarthCheck

EarthCheck is a web-based solution that is suitable for both large and small organizations. It provides the tools to track and measure resource use and waste output, enhance design and operational efficiencies, and encourage Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
www.earthcheck.org

Green Key Eco-Rating Program

Green Key Eco-Rating Program

Green Key Eco-Rating Program

Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, hoteliers are awarded a 1-5 Green Key rating and provided with guidance on how to "unlock" opportunities to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs through reduced utility consumption, employee training, and supply chain management.
The program assesses the 5 main operational areas of a property and covers nine areas of sustainable practices:

Operational Areas

  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Housekeeping
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Engineering

Sustainable Practices

  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Solid waste management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Indoor air quality
  • Community outreach
  • Building infrastructure
  • Land use
  • Environmental management

Upon completion of the program and being awarded their Green Key Rating, an on-site inspection may be conducted to confirm the rating. Green Key is the only program of its kind to conduct on-site inspection and validation of ratings in Canada and the United States.
www.greenkeyglobal.com

Ecolabel – Europe

ecolabel

ecolabel
The European Ecolabel is a voluntary scheme, established in 1992 to encourage businesses to market products and services that are kinder to the environment. Products and services awarded the Ecolabel carry the flower logo, allowing consumers - including public and private purchasers - to identify them easily. Today the EU Ecolabel covers a wide range of products and services, with further groups being continuously added. Product groups include cleaning products, appliances, paper products, textile and home and garden products, lubricants and services such as tourist accommodation.
While the logo may be simple, the environmental criteria behind it are tough, and only the very best products, which are kindest to the environment, are entitled to carry the EU Ecolabel.
L'Ecolabel (Regolamento CE n. 1980/2000) è il marchio europeo di qualità ecologica che premia i prodotti e i servizi migliori dal punto di vista ambientale, che possono così diversificarsi dai concorrenti presenti sul mercato, mantenendo comunque elevati standard prestazionali. Infatti, l'etichetta attesta che il prodotto o il servizio ha un ridotto impatto ambientale nel suo intero ciclo di vita.
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/index_en.htm
Il marchio Ecolabel, il cui logo è rappresentato da un fiore (la margherita), è uno strumento volontario, selettivo e con diffusione a livello Europeo. I criteri ecologici e prestazionali sono messi a punto in modo tale da permettere l'ottenimento dell'Ecolabel solo da parte di quei prodotti che abbiano raggiunto l'eccellenza ambientale.
http://ec.europa.eu/environment/index_en.htm