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Enviro-Mich message from "Maggie Fields" <FIELDSM@michigan.gov>
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Green Lodging Michigan Program Certifies First Six Facilities

The Michigan Energy Office introduced its new Green Lodging Michigan
program at the October 18 meeting of  the Michigan Society of
Government
Meeting Professionals.  Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) is a joint effort
by the Michigan Energy Office (DLEG) and the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality (DEQ) to encourage the lodging industry to
conserve and protect the state's natural resources while increasing
marketability and lowering utility costs.  

The program is a voluntary, non-regulatory effort established to
provide 
certification and assistance to lodging facilities that make special
efforts 
to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.  

Hotels and motels that implement "green" practices have also found
that
they can save money and generate good publicity.  Environmental
tourism
has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. A survey of U.S.
travelers found that 87 percent would be more likely to stay at
"green"
properties.  There are 43 million people in the U.S. who are
self-proclaimed "eco-tourists."

Facilities are certified at different levels based on meeting basic
requirements and a number of additional environmental initiatives. 
The
environmental initiatives are in seven categories: communication and
education, energy efficiency, air quality, solid waste reduction,
toxic
and hazardous waste, water conservation, and purchasing.

There are three levels of certification that can be earned: Partner
(entry),
Steward and Leader (highest level).  The first six facilities that have
earned 
Green Lodging Michigan certification include:

2 Partners: 
Bayshore Resort, located on the sandy beaches of West Grand Traverse
Bay, and 
the Wren's Nest, a bed and breakfast located in West Bloomfield.  

4 Stewards:
Crystal Mountain, located in picturesque northwest lower Michigan,
Livonia Marriott, located just outside of Detroit, 
Neahtawanta Inn, a 100 year old  bed and breakfast located on the 
	Old Mission Peninsula in Grant Traverse Bay, and 
the Dept. of Natural Resources' Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center, 
	located on the northern shores of Higgins Lake. 

As facilities are certified, they will be added to the GLM web site
at:
 www.michigan.gov/greenlodging.  

Think Green when you travel!





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