Friday, May 06, 2011
LANSING -- The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) today announced that the H Hotel, located in Midland, has earned Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) Steward certification from the Michigan Energy Office.
“Cost-saving green business practices have been extremely positive for job creation and retention in the hospitality sector,” said Martin Dober, Vice President of New Markets of the MEDC. “Hoteliers across the state are continuing to show their commitment to environmental responsibility by earning Green Lodging accreditation.”
Green Lodging Michigan encourages hotels, resorts, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving “green” practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing.
The H Hotel has implemented several environmental initiatives at their facility. They have a linen and towel reuse program, as well as low-flow faucets and toilets to conserve water. They reduce waste by recycling paper, aluminum, cardboard, plastic, and other materials. The H Hotel saves energy by using a computerized energy management system for common areas, Energy Star lighting throughout the hotel, and an ozone system in their laundry facility.
“We’re proud to earn Green Lodging certification,” said Brian DeMeester, co-chair, Green Committee at The H Hotel. “We encourage more businesses to take action as we have and continually look for ways to save our beautiful natural resources for ourselves and future generations to enjoy.”
Green Lodging Michigan is a joint effort between the Michigan Energy Office and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect the state's natural resources while increasing marketability and lowering utility costs.
"The DEQ encourages businesses around the state to find better ways to use energy and resources, and Green Lodging Michigan has been a great way to help hoteliers identify green solutions and be recognized for their efforts,” said DEQ Director Dan Wyant. “Congratulations to the H Hotel for stepping up to the challenge and working to make a difference.”
Green Lodging Michigan is a voluntary and non-regulatory certification program offered through the Michigan Energy Office at the MEDC to hoteliers at no charge. The Michigan Energy Office and the DEQ provide technical assistance to those who are interested in implementing “green” strategies and earning certification. The GLM program certifies facilities based on environmental initiatives such as air quality, energy efficiency, solid waste reduction, toxic waste management, water conservation, purchasing and communication. There are three levels of certification: Partner, Steward, and Leader, which can be earned by completing a self-assessment checklist and achieving a minimum number of requirements and points.
The Michigan Energy Office promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan's residents, businesses, and public institutions. For more information about the Green Lodging Michigan program and to download the GLM application packet and self-assessment checklist, visit the website at www.michigan.gov/greenlodging.
The Michigan Energy Office is part of the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), which receives administrative services from the MEDC. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a public-private partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life. For more information on the MEDC’s initiatives and programs, visit the website at www.michiganbusiness.org.