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About the Green Lodging Program

The Green Lodging Program provides third-party verification that lodging facilities meet environmental best practice standards and demonstrate a strong commitment to water quality, water conservation, waste minimization, resource conservation, and energy efficiency. Through a comprehensive and credible method for assessing the extent of the environmental measures undertaken, participating facilities can reduce environment-related costs and gain a marketing advantage.

Good for the Environment, Good for Business

Stage 1: Self-Evaluation
Familiarize yourself and your staff with the program and the key aspects of environmental management for lodging facilities. Conduct a review of your current practices and identify areas to improve. When you are ready, complete the Green Lodging Designation Application and submit it to Audubon International.

Stage 2: Assessment
Audubon International Green Lodging staff will review your application and schedule a site visit to verify your practices.

Stage 3: Verification
Audubon International Green Lodging staff will direct an independent verification of your facility to assess its environmental best practices.

Stage 4: Eco-Rating Awarded
An eco-rating is awarded based on your overall score and site visit results. We will send you your certificate and prepare an environmental performance report with suggestions about how to improve. Completed applications and reports are confidential and only accessible to you and program staff.

Stage 5: Continuous Improvement
You can increase your eco-rating! Tools are available to help you implement and expand environmental practices, including online resources and fact sheets.

Annual program membership fees are based on the number of rooms the lodging facility has. 

Number of Rooms First Year Fee Year 2-3 Fee
 1-50 $350 $175
 51-100 $575 $300
 101-200 $700 $350
 201-500 $1000
 500+ $1500

Note: This three-year fee cycle starts again in year four, when the facility is eco-rated again.



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