Industry Green Programs & Resources


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a long-standing tradition of taking steps to preserve the environment — for our residents and our visitors. And the tourism industry is playing its part. Many of Massachusetts’ hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail establishments have already developed programs to reduce power, conserve water, and reduce solid waste.

For visitors, MA GREEN provides online information about travel businesses’ environmental practices. And it tells visitors how to see green programs in action, how to be a green traveler, and how to enjoy the land, lakes, rivers, and ocean and water that have been preserved for all to use. Consumer Green Pages.

For travel businesses, MA GREEN provides Massachusetts’ hotels, attractions, restaurants, and retail establishments the opportunity to share information about their environmental practices with visitors. And it provides resources to help Massachusetts’ businesses develop sound environmental programs.

Click here to watch an interview with MOTT’s Director of Communications, Lisa Simmons, about “going green” in Massachusetts on Fox 25.

Questions about the program, contact MAGREEN@state.ma.us

BENEFITS TO GOING GREEN

Green is good business. Travel businesses that have developed strong environmental programs report that benefits include:

  • Reduced costs for energy, water, and solid waste disposal
  • A competitive edge when responding to meeting and conference planners looking for sites that are committed to sound environmental practices
  • A healthy environment for employees and customers
  • An increase in employee loyalty when green programs engage all employees
  • Increased loyalty from existing customers
  • The ability to attract new environmentally-aware customers

In September, 2010, the General Services Administration recommended that federal employees traveling on government business stay in hotels that are LEED certified, have earned Energy Star rating, or participate in the EPA’s WastWise and WaterSense programs. Employees are also encouraged to participate in hotels’ guest environmental programs and use green facilities for meetings and conferences. Properties in the FedRooms program should add their green credentials to their FedRooms listing.

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MA GREEN PROGRAM

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism’s MA Green program recognizes five national green certification programs. It also provides all Massachusetts’ travel businesses the opportunity to share information about their environmental practices with visitors.

The national certification programs are:

  • ENERGY STARenergystar
    Managed by: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Focus: Energy efficiency of buildings, including hotels, motels, inns, extended stay properties, resorts, retail, museums, theaters, convention centers, and stadiums. ENERGY STAR’s tools and resources help you design a strategic approach to energy management and to reduce costs and the environmental footprint of your building through energy efficiency. Certification requires that facilities demonstrate that their energy performance is superior compared to other businesses in the same category.
    >More informationleed
  • LEED
    Managed by: U.S. Green Building Council
    Focus: Design, construction and operation of high-performance Green buildings. Criteria: Sustainable site, water savings, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials, and design innovation.
    >More information
  • Green Sealgreenseal
    Managed by: Green Seal
    Focus: Hotel sustainable practices in energy efficiency, recycling, water, hazardous materials, and purchasing.
    >More information
  • Green Key Eco-Rating (level 3 and higher)
    Managed by: Green Key GlobalPrint Focus: Hotel sustainable practices in energy, water, solid and hazardous waste, air quality, environmental management. he American Hotel and Lodging Association offers its members discounts on the certification fee.
    >More information
  • Certified Green Restaurantsgreenrest
    Managed by: Green Restaurant Association
    Focus: Energy and water conservation, recycling, nontoxic cleaning materials, sustainable food, Green power
    >More information


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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN MA GREEN

Click here to access your existing listing or to create a new one.

If your hotel, attraction, restaurant, or retail establishment holds a current certification from the above list, check the appropriate green certification box in the list of amenities. MOTT will verify your business’ certification status before publishing the listing.

A list of certified businesses is posted on the Consumer Green Pages.

If your web site has a page dedicated to your environmental practices, add the page’s URL to the section titled “Green page link.” MOTT will verify the link before publishing. This link is available to all businesses, regardless of whether they hold a green certification.

Questions about the MA Green program? Contact MAGREEN@state.ma.us.

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GREEN RESOURCES

Here are programs and resources to help you green your business:

ENERGY

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WATER

Conserving water also results in significant energy savings.

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SOLID WASTE

Reducing solid waste is a key element of any Green program.

WasteWise is a voluntary program, sponsored by the EPA and by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. WasteWise provides free technical assistance to help businesses develop, implement, and measure their waste reduction activities, and it publicizes members’ waste reduction success stories through regional and national publications and events.If you enroll as a WasteWise partner or endorser (free), you can access EPA’s RE-TRAC, an online tool that allows WasteWise partners to collect, analyze and report all your company’s recycling data and waste information and generate program performance and trend reports. EPA WasteWise program.

Mass DEP WasteWise contact:

Morgan Harriman

Commercial Waste Reduction Planner

617-654-6580

EPA contacts:

EPA Region 1:

Janet Bowen

617-918-1795

EPA headquarters: 880-372-9473

Additional waste and recycling information resources, regulations, finding recycling services – from the Mass DEP.

Recycling Organics at the Boston Convention & Exhbition Center.


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GREEN MEETINGS

Meeting planners are increasingly assessing supplier’s sustainable practices when making site selections.


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LODGING

See LEED, ENERGY STAR, and Green Seal certifications in MA Green Program.


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RESTAURANTS

See Certified Green Restaurants certification in MA Green Program.

  • ENERGY STAR’s Guide for Restaurants provides detailed best preactices for increasing energy efficiency and reducing water use and waste output.
  • The Green Restaurant Association operates a certification program, Certified Green Restaurants, and it helps restaurants become more environmentally sustainable.
  • The Massachusetts Restaurant Association is a strong advocate for sound environmental practices. It provides its members with information about Green practices, technology, and suppliers through seminars, speakers, and its member newsletter.


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ATTRACTIONS

See LEED certifications in MA Green Program.

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RETAIL

See LEED and ENERGY STAR certification in MA Green Program.

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GENERAL RESOURCES


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UPCOMING MEETINGS, CONFERENCES, WEBINARS

Check back for new listings.

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More on the AAA Diamond rating system and green lodging

Green certifications now recognized by AAA:

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