January 17, 2014

How Green is your Inn?

Connecticut’s Departments of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) jointly offer a way for hotels in Connecticut to be certified as “green.”

The agencies offer a workbook that guides hotel operators through detailed assessments of their establishments.  It covers 15 different areas ranging from kitchens and food to water conservation and waste management. DEEP scores the workbooks and qualifying hotels are awarded a two-year Connecticut Green Lodging Certification. Non-qualifying hotels can receive free technical assistance from DEEP to increase their scores.

Once qualified, hotels can be listed on DEEP’s Green Lodging page and can advertise as being a certified Connecticut Green Lodging facility.