AH&LA Green Resource Center 


About AH&LA's Green Initiatives

The association’s initial environmental activities began in 1996, with the formation of the Good Earthkeeping program, which provided laminated linen and towel reuse cards for members to include in guestroom.  The success of this initiative drew the attention of Project Planet, which ultimately bought the rights of the cards that are available through their Website.

In 2005, a dramatic resurgence in environmental awareness took place in the industry.  In response to industry interest and confusion, AH&LA formed the Green Task Force, an influential group of environmental executives at hotel companies nationwide.    


No matter where you are in the greening process, we have tools and resources to take your efforts to the next level.  

Green: Level 1

If you're in the beginning stages, you'll want to start out with the lowest hanging fruit. 

Best Practices - check out what properties nationwide have successfully implemented to reduce their carbon footprint

Eco-Education - review expert-written publications on do's and don'ts

Eco-Suppliers - how green your vendors are reflects back on you, so take a look at this list of trusted Allied suppliers

14 Minimum Green Guidelines - developed by AH&LA and TripAdvisor, these are the basic tactics for any property looking to be considered eco-friendly

Green Arrow  Trick of the Trade: check out HD Supply's top 10 tips 


Greener: Level 2

Once you've gotten your feet wet, you'll want to record and build off your successes. 

Benchmarking - "Reporting Your Hotel Carbon Metrics and Responding to Green RFPs."  Review this methodology to measure greenhouse gas emissions for your meeting rooms and guestrooms.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - find various free programs, including ENERGY STAR, to optimize your heat, water, power, and more

Department of Energy (DOE) - Access the DOE’s “Top Energy Resources and Tools” specifically designed for the hospitality industry

Additional Guidelines - beyond the minimum 14, there are nearly 50 more guidelines your property should consider

Green Guru - as you go through the various stages, AH&LA members can have any question researched and answered free of charge

Green Arrow  Trick of the Trade: take a look at AH&LA's creative tips and strategies 


Greenest: Level 3

Now that you're as green as possible, it's time for maximum exposure. 

Certification - there are a variety of programs out there, so find the one best for you and get recognized for your efforts

State Programs - many states offer audits, certifications, or recommendations

Glossary of Terms - it's recommended you go through this extensive list and determine if there are additional opportunities for your property

Tips for Travelers - encourage your guests to have an eco-friendly stay by making these tips readily available

Green Arrow  Trick of the Trade: see what Valet Services has to say about green laundry 

Additionally, Green Lodging News provides an extensive list of RSS feeds, providing a wealth of information from breaking news and features to articles and blog posts on green and sustainable initiatives.  Click here to visit their RSS page and subscribe to the news and updates important to you.

For any inquiries on hospitality's green practices, contact Vanessa Sinders at vsinders@ahla.com or (202) 289-3121.