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
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
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
- A healthy environment for employees and customers
- An increase in employee loyalty when green programs engage all
- 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'sWastWise
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.
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 STAR
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.
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
- Green Seal
Managed by: Green Seal
Focus: Hotel sustainable practices in energy efficiency, recycling,
water, hazardous materials, and purchasing.
- Green Key Eco-Rating(level 3 and higher)
Managed by: Green Key Global
Focus: Hotel sustainable practices in energy, water, solid and
hazardous waste, air quality, environmental management. The
American Hotel and Lodging Association offers its members discounts on the certification
- Certified Green Restaurants
Managed by: Green Restaurant Association
Focus: Energy and water conservation, recycling, nontoxic cleaning
materials, sustainable food, Green power
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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
Questions about the MA Green program? Contact MAGREEN@state.ma.us.
Here are programs and resources to help you green your
EPA’s ENERGY STAR Hospitality Program You can track your
hotels’ energy and water savings and CO2 reductions through
Portfolio Manager, a free benchmarking tool for hotels.
Benchmarking starter kit. The EPA conducts
Portfolio Manager training sessions.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has
extensive information and links to electric and gas utility
efficiency programs, energy audits, energy grants, analytic tools,
and renewable energy programs.
- DSIRE is a comprehensive
source of information on state, local, utility, and federal
incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy
- National Grid conducts whole building assessments for
business customers and technical assistance and free energy
audits and recommendations for
- NSTAR provides
energy efficiency programs, benchmarking tools, and incentives for
its electricity and gas business customers.
- GasNetworks, a collaborative of New England gas companies
offers a rebate
program for commercial gas users.
- The Renewable
Energy Trust promotes clean energy technologies and provides
rebate programs for solar photovoltaic systems and wind
energy resource list
- The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources'
Efficiency, Conservation, and Renewables program assists
agricultural businesses to develop renewable energy.
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Conserving water also results in significant energy savings.
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Reducing solid waste is a key element of any Green program.
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
Mass DEP WasteWise contact:
Commercial Waste Reduction Planner
EPA Region 1:
- EPA headquarters: 880-372-9473
waste and recycling information resources, regulations, finding
recycling services – from the Mass DEP.
Recycling Organics at the Boston Convention & Exhbition
Meeting planners are increasingly assessing supplier’s
sustainable practices when making site selections.
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See LEED, ENERGY STAR, and Green Seal certifications in MA GREEN PROGRAM.
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
- 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.
See LEED certifications in MA GREEN
See LEED and ENERGY STAR certification in MA
WEBINAR People, Planet, Profit: How to Benefit from
Sustainable Initiatives in Hospitality, September 18, 2012,
Presented by the Connecticut Department of Energy &
Learn how to market your sustainability initiatives to your
Host: Kim Trella, CT Green Lodging; speaker: Rauni Kew, Public
Relations and Green Manager, Inn by the Sea, Cape Elizabeth, ME.
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