Today In Disney History ~ March 10th

Today In Disney History ~ March 10th

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Below is info on The Florida Department of Environmental Protections’s Green Lodging Program from their official site. Guests can visit their official  website and click on the interactive map to learn more about hotels that have been designated as 1, 2, 3 or 4 Palm resorts.

Launched in 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program is a voluntary initiative of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) that designates and recognizes lodging facilities that make a commitment to conserve and protect Florida’s natural resources. The program’s environmental guidelines allow the hospitality industry to evaluate its operations, set goals and take specific actions to continuously improve environmental performance.
The Florida Green Lodging Program is administered primarily online. To become designated, facilities must conduct a thorough property assessment and implement a specified number of environmental practices in five areas of sustainable operations:

  • Communication and Education (Customers, Employees, Public)
  • Waste Reduction, Reuse and Recycling
  • Water Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Indoor Air Quality

Designation Application
The Florida Green Lodging Program has recently redesigned the program’s designation application. This redesign has allowed for the expansion of environmental criteria within each section and, more importantly, the assignment of different “weights” to the criteria based on the potential positive environmental impact.
A minimum point total is required for each section. Applicants are free to select which criteria to implement at their facility as long as the minimum total for that section is met. Failure to meet the minimum number of points will render that section incomplete and will delay designation approval.

Palm Levels
In response to stakeholder requests, and in an effort to better recognize the state’s lodging properties for their commitment to protecting the state’s natural resources, the Florida Green Lodging Program is incorporating a 4-level tiered designation. The tiered structure is an expansion of the previous “Palm” levels that we once part of the program until 2009. Facilities will be able to obtain different “Palm” levels based on the total number of points received when implementing criteria to receive their designation. The “Palm” levels are as follows:

  • One Palm designations will need between 212 and 398 points.
  • Two Palm designations will need between 399 and 557.
  • Three Palm designations will need between 558 and 717.
  • Four Palm designations will need between 718 and 796.

The Florida Green Lodging designation is valid for three years from date of issuance. To maintain designation, properties are required to submit environmental performance data (water, waste, energy) annually. Properties must also implement at least two new environmental practices from any of the five areas of sustainable operations. The Florida Green Lodging designation is valid for three years from date of issuance. To maintain designation, properties are required to submit environmental performance data (water, waste, energy) annually. Failure to do so can result in dismissal from the program.

The Florida Green Lodging Program benefits not only the environment but also helps designated properties save money and increase occupancy rates. By reducing water and energy use and reducing waste generation operating costs go down. Business is generated for state meetings and conferences through HB 7135 which gives preference to designated Florida Green Lodging properties. Designated properties also receive marketing and technical assistance benefits through the Florida Green LodgingWeb site, where each designated property is featured and 24/7 Web access is available to Best Management Practices andTechnical Assistance.

TMSM Today in Graphic by Sherry Rinaldi DeHart;  www.dep.state.fl.us/greenlodging/

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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