Green Lodging Program

The Green Lodging Program encourages state and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to certified "green hotels" (PDF).  Make the decision to choose "green" next time you're traveling for business or pleasure.

We are proud to announce the success of over 200 "green hotels" throughout California; see the Green Lodging Directory
News!:  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.

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.

What's New

Effective July 1, 2012, all participating properties will be required to pay an administrative fee to maintain their green certification from the State of California.  Membership in the Green Lodging Program must be renewed every three years in order to maintain status as a rated property and continue receiving the benefits associated with membership. The fee is $500.  Membership benefits include:

  • Listing on the CA Green Lodging Directory located on the DGS travel website;

  • Program certificate and window decal;
  • Partnerships with AAA and Travelocity with placement of their hotel in their online directories;
  • Utilization of program logo to show commitment to sustainability, and
  • Property displayed as a green hotel on the Concur Travel website, the State’s new online travel booking tool.