DLEG Announces Green Lodging Certification for Peaches Bed & Breakfast Facility Earns Leader Certification
Contact: Lori Donlan 517-373-9280
Agency: Energy, Labor & Economic Growth
January 24, 2008
Peaches Bed & Breakfast, located in Grand Rapids has earned Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) Leader certification from the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).
Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) 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.
"This accreditation is the mark of environmental responsibility of hoteliers who are committed to ‘green’ business practices that make environmental and economic goals their top priority," said DLEG Director Keith W. Cooley. "Green Lodging Michigan is also helping to ensure the viability of our lodging facilities and the thousands of related hospitality jobs that stay in Michigan."
Peaches Bed & Breakfast has implemented several environmental initiatives such as installing Energy Star lighting and equipment, using low VOC cleaning products and paints, and offering a towel and linen reuse program to guests. Peaches Bed & Breakfast also reduces waste by asking vendors to take back packaging, avoiding single use disposable items, using refillable dispensers for bathroom amenities, and offering a comprehensive recycling program for guests and staff.
"At Peaches, we feel that we are not just caretakers of this historic home, but also of the earth," said owner Jane Lovett. "We take advantage of every possible avenue for re-using, re-purposing, recycling or donating. This not only helps protect our world by reducing our environmental footprint, it saves money."
GLM is a joint effort between DLEG 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.
"GLM has been an effective way of including hoteliers in the effort to help Michigan continue as the leader in environmental beauty and abundant natural resources," said Steven E. Chester, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
GLM is a voluntary and non-regulatory certification program offered through the Michigan Energy Office in DLEG 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.