Green Key Eco-Rating Program

For more than 15 years the Green Key Eco-Rating Program has been evaluating and certifying properties in North America and beyond on the extent of their sustainable initiatives.

The Program
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance.

Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, lodging facilities are awarded a rating from 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys being the highest attainable.  In support of their efforts towards becoming a cutting-edge green lodging property, members are provided with guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities for reductions in utility consumption, waste, emissions, and operating costs. Additional recommendations are also outlined for employee training, staff and customer engagement, supply chain management, community involvement and more.

The Assessment
The Green Key Program assesses the five main operational areas of a property and covers nine areas of sustainable practices:

Operational Areas
Corporate Environmental Management
Food & Beverage Operations
Conference & Meeting Facilities

Sustainable Practices
Energy conservation
Water conservation
Solid waste management
Hazardous waste management
Indoor air quality
Community outreach
Building infrastructure
Land use
Environmental management

On-Site Verification Audits
Upon completing the program and being awarded a Green Key Rating, an on-site inspection may be conducted to confirm the rating. On-site audits are vital to ensuring that a member’s answers are an accurate reflection of their actions. A minimum of 20% of rated properties are audited annually.