About the Florida
Green Lodging Program
The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state. Through this rapidly growing program DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The Florida Green Lodging Program is unique in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that are specific to protecting and preserving Florida’s environment.
The lodging industry is one of Florida’s largest commercial sectors. In 2005, according to research conducted by VISIT FLORIDA®, 83.6 million people visited Florida with about 50 percent of those staying in a hotel, motel or bed & breakfast. With this many visitors, the lodging industry can have a significant and positive impact on Florida’s natural resources. Properties of all sizes and types are encouraged to join the program, from the quaint bed & breakfast to the large resort complex.
The forerunners of the Florida Green Lodging Program have demonstrated their commitment to succeed in protecting Florida’s resources while also saving money and garnering good publicity. There is an enormous collection of resources available to lodging facilities that become designated as a Green Lodge. Reduced costs through partnerships, free technical support and advice are available to help make the process as easy as possible.
Tremain Street Cottages becomes the first in Lake County to receive Florida DEP’s Green Lodging designation
MOUNT DORA - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) [on November 7, 2007] welcomed the Tremain Street Cottages to the Florida Green Lodging Program.
The hotel is the first designated in Lake County and the 51st in the state. The Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary state initiative that provides the lodging industry with technical assistance and encourages hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.
“DEP is very proud to add Tremain Street Cottages to the growing list of lodges making the commitment to adopt environmentally-conscious practices,” said DEP Central District Director Vivian Garfein. “As the first designated Green Lodge in Lake County, the lodge is serving as an industry leader and a great example to other hotels in the area.”
To be designated a member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, hotels must institute certain green practices. These practices include, but are not limited to, water conservation measures through low flow plumbing fixtures and a linen reuse program, and increased energy efficiency by installing ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats. The waste reduction criteria are met by providing the opportunity to recycle, purchasing items in bulk, purchasing recycled materials and by recycling ink and toner cartridges. All designated members of the Florida Green Lodging Program must also use green cleaners and high efficiency air filters, and clean air handler units frequently.
"We are very excited to be a part of the Florida Green Lodging Program and hope more lodging establishments in Lake County decide to ‘go green’ as well,” said Rachelle Lucas, owner of Tremain Street Cottages. “We have always been eco-conscious through our choice in cleaners and by recycling. This program challenged us to take it a step further and made it easy with the resources they provided."
On July 13th, at his Serve to Preserve Florida Summit on Global Climate Change, Governor Crist signed three executive orders initiating state energy-use policies, including one that requires state agencies and departments to hold meetings and conferences only at hotels with Florida Green Lodging Program designation starting January 1, 2008, whenever possible. The Summit was a bold first step to explore groundbreaking technologies and strategies that will place our state at the forefront of the growing world-wide movement to reduce greenhouse gases.
Launched in March 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution. As reward for designation, Florida is recommending designated facilities to companies and trade organizations seeking environmentally conscious lodging and convention facilities.
With the addition of the Tremain Street Cottages, the program has designated 52 hotels and has more than 170 applicants.
Learn more about the Florida Green Lodging Program.