Connecticut Green Lodging
Accommodating Your Guests and the Environment
Certification and Resources for the Lodging Industry
- Find hotels that are CT Green Lodging Certified.
- Earn Connecticut Green Lodging Certification.
- Extensive list of resources to help you create green lodging.
- Green Lodging Calculator estimates financial and environmental benefits from sustainable practices.
- Green Hotel Certification Training Workshops and Webinars.
- Green Lodging Video - Encourages hotels, motels or bed and breakfasts to become certified under Connecticut's Green Lodging Program (Length 1 1/2 minutes).
Greening your hotel, motel or B & B is more than just good for the environment. It's good for business! As people try to live a more "green" lifestyle, they want businesses where they spend their money to be "green", too. Additional benefits of greening your business are saving money and creating a healthier place for employees.
The DEEP and the Dept. of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut Office of Tourism are promoting a program for hotels called "Connecticut Green Lodging - Accommodating You and Our Environment." The CT Green Lodging award is a self-certification program based on accumulating points associated with environmental practices at your facility. The points are documented in the Connecticut Green Lodging Self-Certification Workbook.
The workbook is a comprehensive list of environmental practices, each of which offers ways to generate points. You can "walk through" your facility and assign points associated with each environmental practice. It is not necessary to fill out every section.
To qualify for a Connecticut Green Lodging certification, you must be able to claim at least 100 points. There is a maximum number of points for most activities. If you are not doing an activity exactly as described, you still may enter a portion of the maximum points.Some items are negotiable. Enter the number of points you think you deserve for the activity. There is also space in each section for adding other activities not included in the list. Calculate your estimated score by adding up all of the points in each of the sections.
Your workbook will be reviewed and receive a final score by the DEEP’s Pollution Prevention Program staff.
E-mail, print and send a hard copy in regular mail, or fax a copy of the completed workbook to the DEEP’s Pollution Prevention Program and the DECD. If you print the workbook, please make sure to double-side it.
If your business scores 100 points, you qualify for an automatic certification from the State for two years. In two years, you will need to increase the point total to 130 and reapply to be eligible for a free re-certification.
Upon final scoring of the workbook, you will be sent an official letter detailing your point total and possible additional low cost recommendations. You will also receive an electronic Connecticut Green Lodging logo that you can begin using for marketing and advertising purposes. Your lodging facility will also be designated as "green" on the DEEP and Connecticut Office of Tourism websites.
The Pollution Prevention Program Manager will randomly select businesses for verification appointments throughout the year. These visits will be scheduled.
The following resources, websites, case studies and articles offer additional ideas for creating "green" lodging. Most of the following resources are PDFs. This listing is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the State of Connecticut.
NEW! March 2020!
Climate Resilience for Lodging
|CT DEEP has developed guidance for 21st century businesses on how to weather the storm that lodging facilities may find helpful. Also available on the P2 Chemical Management and Climate Risk webpage is a link to an interactive map and resources to identify the flood and sea level rise vulnerabilities of addresses.
These documents were written to help building owners and managers make their properties more resilient.
Climate Resilience Template: The template provides a structure for resilience planning based on best practices and existing resources. The steps take you from creating an internal team through resilience strategy implementation.
Climate Resilience Workbook: The workbook is a compendium to the template, providing an excel format to work through each stage of a resilience plan based on data specific to your property.
Vendor List: As some properties do not have the resources to complete all stages of resiliency planning, a list of experienced professionals and the climate resiliency services they offer is also provided.
|Associations and Certifications|
If You Can't Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Hotel!, Rob Coburn, 11/01/2010.
|Cleaning Products||What Hoteliers Should Know About Green Cleaning Products and Practices by Dan Ruben, Executive Director, Boston Green Tourism|
|Combined Heat and Power||
American DG Energy Now Operating CHP System at (Boston) Doubletree Guest Suites, 01/06/2011
|Energy Management Systems||
Energy Management System Suppliers Build On Proven, Money-Saving Technologies, 2/3/2011
|Food and Beverage||
|Furniture||The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) has created a new Healthier Furniture Product Guide to help purchasers find products that do not contain the “hazardous handful” chemicals: flame retardants, fluorinated stain treatments, antimicrobials, PVC and formaldehyde.|
|Indoor Air Quality|
|Integrated Pest Management|
|Kitchens||Energy Efficient Kitchen Ventilation, Olaf Zwickau|
|Weddings and Meetings||
Several training sessions were held in partnership with Boston Green Tourism and EPA.
September 26, 2019 at Manchester Community College
How Businesses Can Target Cost Minimization and Environmental Responsibility: The Case of Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
Connecticut Green Lodging : Saving $$ by Adding Green Practices, Kim Trella - CT DEEP
A Look at What Saybrook Point Inn & Marina is Doing to Green Their Facility, Kate Mosley
September 12, 2017 at 11am
“Managing Food Waste for Commercial Facilities and Helping Your Bottom Line”
Managing Food Waste at Large Facilities, Kim Trella, CT DEEP Pollution Prevention
Organics Recycling in CT, Caren Harder, CT DEEP Recycling
Boston Green Tourism, October 2014
Reducing Toxics, Peter Cooke
Spring 2014 Webinar Presentations - organized by Dan Ruben of Boston Green Tourism and Peter Cooke of the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences and funded by US EPA.
How U.S. Hotels Benefit by Going Green
Energy Efficient Motors for Hotels
How U.S. Hotels Reduce Energy Use
Green Up Your Food Service
Green Hotel Renovations
Toxic Use Reduction in Hotels
Window Film: How it Benefits Hotels
Stormwater Management for Hotels
Fall 2013 Webinar
How to Save Money and Attract Business by Greening Your Hotel
Presentation by Dan Ruben with many easy and practical tips to save money while adding green features to your hotel.
Fall 2013 Webinar
People, Planet, Profit: Benefiting from Sustainable Initiatives in Hospitality
Presentation by Rauni Kew
Fall 2011 Workshop
This workshop was held at the Hartford Downtown Marriott on September 29. Topics covered were: how to earn CT Green Lodging Certification, energy efficiency, kitchen ventilations systems, LED lighting, green renovations, waste management and marketing sustainable initiatives.
Presentations (all PDFs)
- CT Energy Incentives for 2011: Five Best Energy Efficiency Ideas for Hotels , Glen Eigo, Energy Engineer, CL&P
- LED lighting: What Hoteliers Need To Know, Misha Glazomitsky, Munro Distributing
- Energy Efficient Kitchen Ventilation Systems, Rae Lena Simonoko, Air Solutions & Balancing, LLC
- Green Hotel Renovations, Craig Nicholson, Ajax Consulting Services, LLC
- Waste Management For Hotels and Restaurants, Dan Ruben
- Energy Efficiency Initiatives at Marriott Hartford Downtown, Robert Smith, Marriott Hartford Downtown
- Marketing and PR for the Triple Bottom Line: Benefiting from Sustainable Initiatives in Hospitality, Rauni Kew, PR & Green Programs, Inn by the Sea
Presentations (all PDFs)
The topics covered at the spring 2010 workshops included energy efficiency, water use reduction, waste management and how to earn CT Green Lodging Certification.
- Greening Your CT Hotel, Dan Ruben
- Reducing Energy Use in Your CT Hotel, Dan Ruben
- Energy Saving Opportunities For Hotels, Glen Eigo, Energy Engineer, CL&P and Roy W. Haller, Manager Energy Services, UI
- How To Reduce Water Use in CT Hotels, Daniel Cook, Conservation Solutions Corporation
- Casella Waste Systems, Scott Chase, Resource Optimization Consultant, Casella Waste & Recycling Services, (800) 675-9902 ext. 3336
- Saybrook Point Inn and Spa, Stephen Tagliatela, Innkeeper
- New Haven Premiere Hotel and Suites (Saunders Hotel Group), Elaine Strunk
Fall 2010 Workshops
Workshops were held at the Holiday Inn, Waterbury on Oct. 14 and the Sheraton Hartford Hotel on Oct. 28.
Presentations (all PDFs)
The fall workshops focused on how to earn CT Green Lodging Certification, lighting, energy management, green cleaning and serving local food.
- Advances in Lighting for Hotels, Tom Varela, GE Lighting
- Energy Management Systems in Hospitality, Eric Capodiece, INNCOM International, Inc.
- Green Cleaning for Hotels, by Eastern Bag and Paper
- Serving Connecticut Food to Connecticut Guests, Linda Piotrowicz, CT Dept. of Agriculture, Farm to Chef Program
- Toxics Use Reduction in Hotels, Kim Trella, CT DEEP
Content last updated June 2021