Since it was first published in 1999, the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties (GS-33) has represented leadership in the lodging industry.
This spring, Green Seal conducted a study to quantify the minimum of greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions of hotels implementing the fundamental environmentally preferable practices outlined in GS-33.
The study focused on GHG savings for a single, typical hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
The total GHG reductions in a single hotel implementing a few simple measures specified in GS-33 is equal to 398.26 tons of CO2.
This GHG savings from a single hotel is the equivalent of the annual GHG emissions of 73 passenger vehicles or the CO2 emissions from the energy use of 35 homes for one year.
These GHG savings are just the beginning since the study included only some of the key measures GS-33 Bronze-certified properties implement so … as more efficiency measures are taken, more savings will be seen (as is required for continued certification and to reach the higher certification levels of Silver and Gold).
For more information on GS-33, visit www.greenseal.org.
The complete study is available upon request, followed ISO 14044 and was peer-reviewed.