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Input sought on developing a state green certification program

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As part of Tennessee's ongoing Sustainable Tourism initiative, a green certification workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Oct. 13 in Knoxville at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, this workshop, one of five scheduled throughout the state this year, will facilitate discussions and solicit partner input regarding the development of a state green certification program for the tour and travel industry.

In addition, the events will provide continued sustainable tourism resources, case studies, best practices and access to leading experts.

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The overall goal of the program is to establish a regional model for certification by working with EPA and the green hospitality guidelines they have established.

Tennessee has a nationally recognized, award-winning green certification program to utilize as a model through Chattanooga Green Lodging created by The Chattanooga Hospitality Association and adopted by the Tennessee Hospitality Association. The departments will work with industry partners, THA and Chattanooga Green to provide the latest green certification information to the industry as well as facilitating an interactive open discussion.

The final workshop will be held Nov. 30 in Memphis.

RSVP to Patricia Gray at or (615) 741-9004. Visit for additional information.

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