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Green Lodging Program

About Green Lodging

The Florida Green Lodging Program was established in 2004 by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) with the intent of recognizing and rewarding environmentally conscientious lodging facilities in the state. Through this rapidly growing program DEP encourages the lodging industry to conserve and protect Florida's natural resources. The Florida Green Lodging Program is unique in that it covers an all-inclusive list of environmental initiatives that are specific to protecting and preserving Florida's environment.

The lodging industry is one of Florida's largest commercial sectors. In 2005, according to research conducted by VISIT FLORIDA®, 83.6 million people visited Florida with about 50 percent of those staying in a hotel, motel or bed & breakfast. With this many visitors, the lodging industry can have a significant and positive impact on Florida's natural resources. Properties of all sizes and types are encouraged to join the program, from the quaint bed & breakfast to the large resort complex.

The forerunners of the Florida Green Lodging Program have demonstrated their commitment to succeed in protecting Florida's resources while also saving money and garnering good publicity. There is an enormous collection of resources available to lodging facilities that become designated as a Green Lodge. Reduced costs through partnerships, free technical support and advice are available to help make the process as easy as possible.

For more information on the Department of Environmental Protection's Green Lodging Program and a list of currently certified Green Lodges, please select the link below.

DEP Green Lodging Program