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Hospitality industry goes green

The Tennessee Hospitality Association is making the Tennessee Green Hospitality certification program available statewide, TnHA officials announced last week.

The program, which which encourages hospitality and restaurant facilities to reduce their carbon footprint and increase sustainability, was adopted from the "Chattanooga Green Lodging" program, which has been recognized as a national model for sustainable tourism planning and received the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award for Excellence in Pollution Prevention.

News Sentinel business writer Larisa Brass wrote about the program, including a look at certification efforts by the Double Tree Hotel in Chattanooga in a recent column.

For certification, hotels must have active programs in place for recycling and reductions in energy, water and materials usage; have an optional linen program; provide "green events" programs; and have a plan for continued improvement.

Requirements for restaurants are similar except for the linen service program.

Certification under the program requires a third-party audit, currently conducted by Skye Con, an environmental consulting company.

More information about the program, including an application can be found at www.tennesseegreenhospitality.com.

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