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Inaugural green hotels workshop to be held Friday

October 17, 2012

TRENTON, NJ — The first workshop of the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) new Garden State Green Hotels Project will be held on Friday, October 19, and will provide an opportunity for hotel owners and operators to learn of state programs which pay for energy efficiency improvements, worker training and environmental reviews, according to a press release.

njdepThe event, which will feature presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the hotel, clean energy and utility industries, will be held at the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, the release stated.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for those in the hospitality sector to acquire important knowledge that will help their bottom line and the environment, and one that is consistent with the energy conservation message of the state's Energy Master Plan," said Bob Marshall, DEP assistant commissioner for sustainability and green energy.

"The goal of reducing energy use in hotels while gaining in customer satisfaction is attainable, and the experts speaking at this first workshop of the Garden State Green Hotels Project will show them the way," Marshall added.

According to the release, participants will learn which environmental improvements net the best results and how to translate those results into an effective marketing tool.

The DEP, in conjunction with several other state and federal agencies, launched the Garden State Green Hotels project in April; it is designed to assist New Jersey hotel owners and operators increase energy efficiency and cost savings through the utilization of green practices, the release noted.

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