Although I often write about LEED certified buildings, the USGBC’s LEED rating systems aren’t the only green certification programs available to business owners. Green Globe Certification is an eco-friendly certification system that is specific to the travel and tourism industry. There are Green Globe Certified properties around the world and now the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia can be added to this list.

The Green Globe Certification system was introduced to the international travel and tourism industry in 1993. In addition to hotels, airports, golf courses, transportation companies, and restaurants can apply for this travel industry green certification.

The standards that a property must meet differ depending on the specific certification being pursued by they generally fall into several different sustainable categories including:

  • Air quality
  • Cleaning
  • Communication
  • Conservation
  • Energy
  • Facility
  • Purchasing
  • Recycling
  • And more
The Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia instituted several green measures in order to qualify for Green Globe Certification. The hotel has onsite recycling and composting programs, eco-friendly purchasing practices, uses low-flow plumbing, encourages guests to reuse linens, and uses green cleaning products.

In addition to these green practices, the hotel also works with local charities to donate unused amenities like soap, shampoo, and conditioner as well as linens and furniture.

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