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Seeing Green

April 13, 2011 By: Deanna Ting


Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is a key hotel company partner for the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a graduated rating system that rates hotels, motels and resorts on their commitment to sustainable operations, recently established its presence in all 50 states, including Alaska. To date, the program has inspected more than 2,100 hotels in the U.S., Canada and 13 international destinations.

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 an environmental self-assessment, hoteliers are awarded a 1-5 Green Key rating and provided with guidance on how to reduce environmental impacts and operating costs through reduced utility consumption, employee training and supply chain management.

Upon completion of the program and being awarded a Green Key Rating, an on-site inspection is conducted to confirm the rating. In the U.S., Green Key is a joint undertaking between the Hotel Association of Canada and LRA Worldwide, Inc.

The growth of Green Key in the U.S. was driven by several hotel company partners—Accor North America (Motel 6, Studio 6), Sofitel Luxury Hotels, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Carlson Hotels, MGM Resorts International, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Destination Hotels & Resorts—all of which have committed their portfolios (or a portion) to Green Key certification. 

Green Key member properties are listed on and are recognized by major travel services including AAA, Travelocity and Expedia.


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By Deanna Ting | April 13, 2011
The Green Key Eco-Rating Program for hotels has made it to all 50 states.
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