About this Service

The California Green Lodging Program certifies lodging facilities that demonstrate water and energy conservation, waste minimization, recycling, environmentally friendly purchasing, program sustainability, and pollution prevention. The program is committed to demonstrating the highest standards of integrity and environmental ethics for the State of California. The California Green Lodging Program encourages state and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to these certified green hotels. By traveling green, 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.

  • 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 can designate their hotel as an eco-certified property 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.
  • Property use of program logo and display of the program certificate and window decal to show commitment to sustainability.

Certification Process

  • Each property must first apply by completing and submitting the hotel application.
  • Once the survey is received, DGS staff contacts the property to schedule an onsite field survey.
  • After the field survey visit, DGS staff completes a program evaluation and scoring.
  • If the property qualifies for the certification, it is given a rating of one of three levels, Participant, Leadership, or Environmentalist.
  • There is a membership fee of $500 for a three-year period. Each property will need to show an active initiative of sustainability improvements to be eligible for a re-certification.

Levels of Certification

This is the highest level of program participation.  Environmentalist Level hotels achieved a field survey score of 350 or more points.   They have a written environmental policy in place and meet all of the seven of the program's criteria:

        • Waste minimization
        • Reuse/recycling Energy efficiency
        • Conservation and management
        • Waste management Hazardous materials management
        • Environmentally and socially sensitive purchasing policies
This is the second highest level of program participation.  Leadership Level hotels achieved a field survey score of 325 to 349 points.  They may have an environmental policy in place and meet most of the seven of the program's criteria, and has three-years  from their date of enrollment to demonstrate continuous improvement and elevate their rating to the Environmentalist Level.
This is the entry level for the program.  Participation level hotels are building their environmental green lodging programs. They achieved a field survey score of 250 to 324.  Participation level hotels meet some of the seven program criteria, and has three-years from their date of enrollment to demonstrate continuous improvement and elevate their rating to the Leadership Level.

Resources

Contact

Green Lodging Program

Department of General Services
Statewide Travel Program

707 Third St
West Sacramento, CA 95605

Phone: 916-376-3826

Email: GreenLodgingProgram@dgs.ca.gov

Green Lodging Program Membership Fee

To begin the certification process, complete and submit the application found in the "Forms" section and either mail the $500 membership fee, or pay online.
The fee covers a membership beginning from the time your hotel’s designation is issued.

If paying by check, please make the check payable to DGS Statewide Travel Program and mail to:
GLP Administrator, Department of General Services, 707 3rd Street, 6th Floor, MS 600, West Sacramento, CA 95605.

Once we receive your application and payment, we will contact you to schedule a required onsite assessment. We look forward to partnering with you.