Tallahassee, FL ~ February 2008 - TALLAHSSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today welcomed Hampton Inn and Suites in Tallahassee to the Florida Green Lodging Program. Hampton Inn and Suites is the 87th property in the state to be designated. The voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
“DEP applauds Hampton Inn and Suites for their leadership role in implementing green practices,” said DEP Director of Sustainable Initiatives Deas Bohn. “By becoming a member of the Florida Green Lodging Program they are setting a valuable example for guests, employees and other hotels to adopt a green lifestyle and protect Florida’s natural resources.”
To be designated a member of the Florida Green Lodging Program; hotels must implement a variety of green practices. These practices include, but are not limited to, water conservation measures through low flow plumbing fixtures and a linen reuse program, and energy efficiency achieved by installing ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats. The waste reduction criteria are met by providing the opportunity to recycle, purchasing items in bulk, purchasing recycled materials and by recycling ink and toner cartridges. All designated members of the Florida Green Lodging Program must also use green cleaners and high efficiency air filters, and clean air handler units frequently.
“Our efforts to become eco friendly and environmentally safe have proven to be successful with our designation as a member of the Florida Green Lodging Program,” said Michelle Wilson, Hampton Inn and Suites Director of Sales and Marketing. “In addition to adopting green practices we recently turned the hotel into a 100 percent non-smoking facility, which has improved the environment for our staff as well as guests.”
On July 13, 2007, at his Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, Governor Crist signed three executive orders initiating state energy-use policies, including one that requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with Florida Green Lodging Program designation as of January 1, 2008, whenever possible. The Summit was a bold first step to explore groundbreaking technologies and strategies that will place our state at the forefront of the growing world-wide movement to reduce greenhouse gases.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. As reward for designation, Florida is recommending designated facilities to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities. With the addition of Hampton Inn and Suites in Tallahassee, the program has more than 100 designated properties and has more than 300 applicants.
For more information about the Florida Green Lodging Program, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging