For members wishing to get certified, NYSH&TA has partnered with Green Key Global. The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, has been evaluating and certifying properties in North America and beyond on the extent of their sustainable initiatives.

The Program

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance.

Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, lodging facilities are awarded a rating from 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys being the highest attainable. In support of their efforts towards becoming a cutting-edge green lodging property, members are provided with guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities for reductions in utility consumption, waste, emissions, and operating costs. Additional recommendations are also outlined for employee training, staff and customer engagement, supply chain management, community involvement and more.

The Assessment

The Green Key Program assesses the five main operational areas of a property and covers nine areas of sustainable practices:

Operational Areas

  • Corporate Environmental Management
  • Housekeeping
  • Food & Beverage Operations
  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Engineering

Sustainable Practices

  • Energy conservation
  • Water conservation
  • Solid waste management
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Indoor air quality
  • Community outreach
  • Building infrastructure
  • Land use
  • Environmental management

Marketing & Promotion

A variety of marketing materials are available to assist members in the promotion of their initiatives as well as a selection of tools and resources to support their ongoing sustainable programs. Green Key Global also maintains relationships with a selection of listing affiliates including Travelocity, AAA and Expedia to name a few. Green Key strives to showcase your initiatives through social media channels, website and e-newsletter.

On-Site Verification Audits

Upon completing the program and being awarded a Green Key Rating, an on-site inspection may be conducted to confirm the rating. On-site audits are vital to ensuring that a member’s answers are an accurate reflection of their actions. A minimum of 20% of rated properties are audited annually.

Participating Members

There are currently 1,911 hotels participating in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. Of those members that have completed and submitted the self-assessment, the Key Rating breakdown is as follows:

Green Key Rating Hotels
1 Green Key 12
2 Green Keys 209
3 Green Keys 749
4 Green Keys 669
5 Green Keys 47

The numbers of active Green hotels in the Green Key Eco-Rating Program change almost daily as new properties join and complete the self-assessment.