A growing number of consumers are applying a “green lens” to their choices of vehicles, appliances, food and other products. Now, Connecticut residents have a convenient source for determining which hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts are considered the most sustainable. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism have developed the Connecticut Green Lodging program, which offers certification to state lodging facilities that accumulate a specified number of points in categories including energy, housekeeping, waste management, water conservation and green meetings.
We checked with Kim Trella, Pollution Prevention Program Manager for the DEP, to see if the certification program recognized support for clean energy. She advised that a lodging business can earn points by enrolling in CTCleanEnergyOptions, purchasing renewable energy certificates (RECs) or installing renewable energy systems such as solar PV or solar thermal.
Clean Energy Task Force members should educate lodging owners as to how clean energy purchases can earn points toward Green Lodging certification and help the host community earn free clean energy systems. The CCEF will also highlight those businesses supporting clean energy on the Connecticut Clean Energy Communities site. Please reward the sustainability efforts of certified establishments by recommending them to your out-of-town visitors.
You can learn more about this program and the fifteen Connecticut establishments that have received certification in Augie V’s Green Blog.
Director, Energy Market Initiatives