OTTAWA — The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announced on Feb. 25 that Green Key Global’s Green Key Eco-Rating Program has achieved GSTC-Recognized status.
Green Key Global’s Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize lodging facilities committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance. Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, lodging facilities are awarded a rating of between 1 and 5 keys. In support of their efforts towards becoming a cutting-edge green lodging property, members are provided with education and guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities for reductions in utility consumption, waste, emissions and operating costs. Additional recommendations and toolkits are included for employee training, staff and customer engagement, supply chain management, community involvement and more.
GSTC-Recognized means that a sustainable tourism standard has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC accreditation panel in order to be deemed equivalent to the GSTC criteria. Additionally, an organization that meets GSTC requirements must administer the standard.
“The achievement of GSTC-Recognized status for the Green Key Eco-Rating Program is an exciting now chapter in our brand’s history,” said Tony Pollard, managing director of Green Key Global, in a release. “For more than 20 years, we have worked to educate and support the global lodging industry on its sustainability path and this accolade further highlights the integrity the Green Key program brings to this mission.”