Green Seal, an independent non-profit based in Washington D.C., has been developing leadership standards and certifying products and services with a lesser impact on the environment and human health since 1989. The Green Seal is an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited standard developing body and the certification mark appears on over 3,600 environmentally sustainable products and services.
Green Seal's Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties, first published in 1999, has been instrumental in greening the lodging industry and creating a positive ROI for hotels that have implemented the recommended changes. For more information and a list of all Green Seal certified products and services, visit www.greenseal.org.Criteria for Certification
The Green Seal Standard for Lodging Properties, GS-33, represents leadership in the hospitality industry. The multi-attribute standard focuses on waste minimization; energy conservation and management; management of fresh water resources; waste water management; pollution prevention; and organizational commitment, i.e. environmentally sensitive purchasing. The standard can serve as a tool to help operations begin to take action to improve their operation and is available for Green Seal certification. A property must meet the specific criteria for the level of certification they are seeking (Bronze, Silver or Gold). Click for more informationCertification Process
Properties interested in certification first fill out a Preliminary Certification Request (hyper. A project manager will then be assigned and work with applicant to obtain all data necessary to demonstrate compliance with the Green Seal standard. Green Seal then conducts a property audit. After the evaluation and audit, if the property has proven to meet the criteria in the standard, it is awarded certification. To maintain certification, the property will undergo annual monitoring and periodic audits to insure compliance.Certification Fees
Green Seal’s fees are based on the number of rooms in the property. Fees consist of an initial evaluation fee as well an annual compliance monitoring fee. The initial evaluation fee is due at the time of application. This fee covers the Green Seal evaluation to verify that a product or service meets the applicable standard. Included in this evaluation is a review of any product formulations, policies, training materials, labels and marketing materials, as well as any other information covered under the respective Green Seal Standard. To view the fee schedule click here