LANSING, MICH.—Robert W. Swanson, director of the Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG), announced a new program aimed at environmental conservation and a more competitive lodging industry in Michigan. Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) encourages hotels, resorts, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving green practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing.
“It’s like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval of being green,” Swanson said. “It is the mark of environmental responsibility of hoteliers who show a commitment to green business practices and can demonstrate that environmental and economic goals are a top priority. GLM will help ensure the viability of our lodging facilities and the thousands of related hospitality jobs that will never be outsourced.”
GLM is a joint effort between DLEG and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect the state’s natural resources while increasing marketability and lowering utility costs.
“It is imperative that we strive not only to maintain but to enhance the quality of Michigan’s environment,” says Steven Chester, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. “GLM is a new way to involve hoteliers in the effort to help Michigan continue as the leader in what it’s famous for—environmental beauty and abundant natural resources.”
Program Offered at No Cost
GLM is a voluntary and non-regulatory certification program offered through the Michigan Energy Office in DLEG to hoteliers at no charge. The Michigan Energy Office provides technical assistance to those who are interested in implementing green strategies and earning certification.
The GLM program certifies facilities based on environmental initiatives such as air quality, energy efficiency, solid waste reduction, toxic waste management, water conservation, purchasing and communication. There are three levels of certification: Partner, Steward, and Leader, which can be earned by completing a self-assessment checklist and achieving a minimum number of requirements and points.
Six facilities were certified as “green lodges” at the GLM program launch at the Michigan Society of Government Meeting Professionals’ monthly meeting at the Holiday Inn Express in Okemos. Facilities achieving Partner certification include: the Bayshore Resort, Traverse City; and the Wren’s Nest, West Bloomfield. Facilities achieving Steward certification are: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville; Livonia Marriott, Livonia; Neahtawanta Inn, Old Mission Peninsula; and the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, Roscommon.
Go to Green Lodging Michigan.