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New project touts green practices

May 16, 2012
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TRENTON, NJ — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), in concert with several other state and federal agencies, is launching a program designed to assist New Jersey hotel owners and operators increase energy efficiency and cost savings through the utilization of green practices, according to a press release.

Participating hotels in the DEP''s Garden State Green Hotel Project will have the opportunity to learn of profiting through sustainability in several workshops and training sessions scheduled in the coming months, the release stated.

According to the release, 120 hotels will receive no-cost and no-obligation environmental and energy reviews that could serve as a first step to "green" certification from various programs in the eco-tourism industry.

"There are many ways to conserve energy and save money in the hospitality sector," said Bob Marshall, DEP assistant commissioner for sustainability and green energy.

"Hotels taking part in this project can become more sustainable while boosting their bottom lines through a reduction of energy use and increased customer satisfaction," Marshall added.

The Green Hotel Project will focus on the priorities of the federal P2 program: Achieving measurable results in increasing energy efficiency and lowering greenhouse gases, reducing hazardous materials and waste generation, while conserving water in hotels, the release noted.

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