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F E AT U R E Get Your KIT GONZALES, CGMP ASSOCIATE ANALYST CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION - OMR What SGMP Member Hotels are Saying... "... we have implemented simple, innovative and cost-effective programs to reduce energy consumption and be environmentally friendly ... on a regular basis we receive RFPs that include an entire section on our green practices and policies. Several groups have booked with us based on our zero waste meetings. ... Many of our government-related groups require our level of rating before we will even be considered ..." - Kris Keesling, Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Leadership Certification "... The California Green Lodging program has been very helpful to the Inn Marin in our journey to become a greener property, by providing a roadmap of how to accomplish becoming sustainable, as we renovated our hotel. ... The changes we have made to become certified have assisted us in booking state, corporate, association and social business and saving money in operating costs." - Kris Hillard, Inn Marin, Environmentalist Certification 10 C alifornia is recognized throughout the nation for its environmental beauty and its environmental leadership. Each of us has an important role to play in protecting this beauty and helping to conserve California's precious natural resources to ensure that its residents and businesses continue to thrive. More and more, hotels are finding that practicing sustainable measures produce great returns by conserving vital energy and natural resources, minimizing waste, saving money and offering a competitive edge. * Average-sized hotels purchase more products in one week than 100 families do in a year. One goal is for at least 50 percent of those purchases to be environmentally preferable products. * Waste generation can be as high as 30 pounds per room per day; as much as 80 percent of these materials can be recycled. * The hospitality industry spends $3.7 billion a year on energy. Electricity use accounts for 60-70 percent of the utility costs of a typical hotel. Sustainability programs can introduce sites to energy-efficient products and practices that will reduce energy consumption, therefore lowering energy costs. * Food waste generated by the hotel and lodging industry can be composted and/ or donated to charities. GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SUMMER 2014 * Typical hotels use 218 gallons of water per day per occupied room. Waterefficient fixtures can reduce water and sewage bills by 25 to 30 percent. There are a variety of state government efforts currently underway that are aimed at "greening" California. The Green Lodging Program, part of The California State Travel Program (STP), in the California Department of General Services, is one of them. The Green Lodging Program was developed, in part, to assist state government employees to make environmentally friendly lodging choices while traveling on state business. The program acknowledges and promotes lodging facilities that demonstrate water and energy conservation, waste minimization, recycling, environmentally friendly purchasing, program sustainability and pollution prevention. The program is committed to demonstrating the highest standards of integrity and environmental ethics for the State of California. Every time one "travels green," one leaves a smaller carbon footprint and helps reduce pollution and waste, promotes greater energy efficiency, and supports those facilities that are working to create a healthier and more productive environment. The Green Lodging Program encourages state and local government travelers to seek out and give preference to certified "green hotels." There are more than 200 "green hotels" throughout California listed in the Green Lodging

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Summer 2014

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Get Your Green On
2014 SGMP NEC & Expo Highlights
Conference Connection
Plan Green
Technology for the Meeting Traveler on the Go
Supplier Strategy
Technology Trends
CGMP Corner
National Updates
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Summer 2014