14 Minimum Guidelines for Going Green 
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Below is a list of actions properties of any size should take to stake their claim as an eco-friendly establishment. Developed by AH&LA and TripAdvisor, each step contains further tactics, including case studies, statistics, and additional resources. Properties that meet the guidelines marked with an asterisk below can apply for the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program at green.tripadvisor.com.   AH&LA members who have further questions may get one-on-one advice from our Green Guru.

1. Monitor your hotel's electric, gas, and water usage.*   

2. Implement a towel reuse program.*  

3. Implement a linen reuse program.*   

4. Implement a recycling program.*  

5. Staff training on implementing green practices.*  

6. Providing information for guests on green practices.*  

7. Install energy efficient interior light bulbs.*  

8. Form an environmental committee to develop a green plan for energy/water/solid waste use.  

9. Install digital thermostats in guestrooms and throughout the hotel.  

10. Install 2.5-gallons per minute showerheads or less in all guestroom baths and any employee shower areas.  

11. Install 1.6-gallon toilets in all guestrooms.  

12. Implement a recycling program for hazardous materials found in fluorescent bulbs, batteries, and lighting ballasts through licensed service providers.  

13. Purchase Energy Star labeled appliances and equipment.  

14. All office paper products should have 20% or more post-consumer recycled content.