OTTAWA — Version 3.0 of The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, designed to align with Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) recognition status, is now available, it was announced in mid-September.
The revamped version of the green certification program provides new questions, to take into account the new sustainable practices currently available. These questions include, for example, whether or not a facility is equipped for electric car chargers.
In addition, innovation points are now available recognizing properties for their efforts that may not yet be reflected in the current assessment. Every question that is now mandatory has easy-to-complete templates available.
The GSTC establishes and manages global sustainable standards with the aim of increasing sustainable tourism knowledge and practices among public and private stakeholders. Serving the role of managing its global baseline standards for sustainability in travel and tourism, the GSTC is independent and neutral. It is mostly a volunteer organization, consisting of experts in sustainable tourism and supported by organizations and individuals with a passion for ensuring that meaningful standards are available globally for sustainability in travel and tourism. Financial support from donations, sponsorship, and membership fees are critical to our own sustainability.
GSTC-recognized means that a sustainable tourism assessment has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC accreditation panel and deemed equivalent to the GSTC criteria for sustainable tourism and is administered by a standard owner that meets GSTC requirements.
This means that the GSTC has verified that the Green Key Eco-Rating assessment aligns with the GSTC criteria and that any additional clauses do not contradict GSTC criteria requirements.