Travel Green Wisconsin, a voluntary certification program that recognizes tourism businesses for reducing their environmental footprint through eco-friendly practices, has just announced that the historic Pfister Hotel has earned certification. Developed by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the Travel Green Wisconsin program is the nation’s first “green” travel program sponsored by a state tourism agency. More than 200 businesses have been certified.
The Pfister Hotel received a Travel Green Wisconsin score of 63 points, which was more than double the number of points required to earn the certification. Among the highlights from The Pfister’s checklist of eco-friendly practices: Compact fluorescent light bulbs are in use; Energy Star light fixtures, windows and appliances have been installed throughout hotel; low-flow bathroom fixtures have been installed in the guest rooms; and a linen reuse program is in place.
To achieve certification, applicants must earn a minimum of 30 points from a checklist of basic requirements covering a wide range of “green” practices, including: waste reduction, reuse and recycling; energy efficiency, water conservation and wastewater management; air quality; wildlife and landscape; transportation; purchasing; and local community benefits. The Wisconsin Environmental Initiative, an independent third party, then evaluates and certifies Travel Green Wisconsin applicants.
More information about Travel Green Wisconsin can be found at: www.travelgreenwisconsin.com.
Visit The Pfister Hotel’s Web site at www.thepfisterhotel.com.