Green Lodging Program

The Green Lodging Program certifies environmentally conscious hotels in the lodging industry, as well as encourages state and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to these certified “green” hotels.  This program helps government travelers divert waste from landfills, and conserve energy and water as they conduct business for the government entities; thus, reducing the carbon footprint for travel and supporting California's green initiative.

About Becoming a Green-Certified Property

To learn how to participate and become a green-certified property, go to Certification via the Green Lodging Program.

Membership Benefits

  • Property featured on the CA Green Lodging Directory located on the DGS travel website;
  • Property displayed as a green hotel on the Concur Travel website, the state’s online travel booking tool.  (Note:  Statewide travel policy requires travelers to use Concur Travel to make all travel accommodations, including hotel.)  
  • Property displayed as a green hotel in the Global Distribution System (GDS), Sabre;
  • Property included in the American Automobile Association (AAA) TourBook and AAA online directories (TripTik Travel Planner, Mobile, and online TourBook) per Green Lodging Program's partnership;  and
  • Property use of program logo and display of the program certificate and window decal  to show commitment to sustainability.
  • Publication:  The Green Lodging Program was mentioned in The New York Times on May 7, 2014 in an article entitled, "The Greening of Business Travel Gains Momentum."

Why "Green" Hotels?

  • Average-sized hotels purchase more products in one week than 100 families do in a year.  We want at least 50 percent of those purchases to be environmentally preferable products.
  • Waste generation can be as high as 30 pounds per room per day; as much as 80 percent of these materials can be recycled.
  • Hospitality industry spends $3.7 billion a year on energy.  Electricity use accounts for 60-70 percent of the utility costs of a typical hotel.  We can introduce you to energy-efficient products and practices that will reduce energy consumption, therefore lowering energy costs.
  • Two percent of California's food waste comes from the hotel and lodging industry (112,000 tons per year). This food waste can be composted and/or donated to charities.
  • Typical hotels use 218 gallons of water per day per occupied room.  Water-efficient fixtures can reduce water and sewer bills by 25-30 percent.
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