DEEP: Connecticut Green Lodging Certifies 30th Hotel

April 21, 2011
 
Connecticut Green Lodging Certifies 30th Hotel

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism announced today that 30 hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts are participating in the Connecticut Green Lodging program. These lodging facilities have implemented business practices that have less impact on the environment such as conserving energy and water, reducing waste and using less toxic cleaning products which have reduced operating costs and have given them a marketing edge. The number of facilities earning the certification has more than doubled in less than 1 year.

DEP Commissioner Daniel C. Esty said, "As a growing numbers of consumers, including families and conference planners, want to know if the hotel where they plan to stay is ‘green,’ the demand for the CT Green Lodging certification continues to rise. Consumers expect the same environmental awareness when they travel as they have initiated in their own homes. Whether the hotel implements energy efficiency methods, water conservation strategies, provides renewable energy or have switched to less toxic cleaners, consumers feel confident knowing their hotel meets the criteria as a Green Lodging Certified Hotel. This program also provides an opportunity for hotels to receive recognition and promotion in a variety of websites and magazines."

Christopher Bergstrom, Executive Director of the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism agrees, "The tourism industry is fully supportive of the green initiatives – both for the good of the environment and for the good of guests and visitors along with the people who work at each certified venue. Educating our hotels, motels and bed & breakfasts on how to be green helps the industry to grow business while offering a great visit to their guests."

In addition to listings on the CT Department of Environmental Protection website (www.ct.gov/deep/greenlodging) and the www.CTvisit.com site run by the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, these certified properties enjoy "eco" listings on the websites run by AAA and Expedia. Certified properties can also use program logo on marketing materials.

The certification program began in May, 2009, after environmentally progressive hotel owners contacted the Connecticut DEP and legislators requesting that Connecticut offer certification to state lodging facilities. The Connecticut program is based on a similar program operating in Maine. Currently, 26 states have certification programs for lodging.

The Connecticut Green Lodging is a self-certification program based on accumulating points associated with environmental practices at lodging facilities. The points are recorded in the Connecticut Green Lodging Self-Certification Workbook. The workbook and more information about the program are available on www.ct.gov/deep/greenlodging.

Commissioner Esty added, "No matter how green a facility is, there are always new ideas being added to the workbook and new goals for hotels to reach. A national network of green hoteliers provides updates on the latest in technology and practices. The best part is that most of the operations described in the workbook also provide monetary savings to the property owner. In a challenging economy, every step towards efficiency helps, and acquiring Connecticut Green Lodging Certification benefits both the hotel owner and consumer."

A workshop is being planned for September 2011 to teach hotels additional practices that will help lodging facilities get certified. Green Weddings will be one of the featured topics. The schedule will be posted on the DEP’s website when the details are finalized.

Most Recently Certified Facilities:

Lodging Facility

Contact Info
Certified
Comfort Inn
48 Whitehall Ave
Mystic, CT 06355
Alan Miller
860-572-8531
February 2011
Courtyard Norwich
181 West Town St
Norwich, CT 06360
Tina Fleming
860-886-2600
January 2011
Holiday Inn Express
120 Laning St
Southington, CT 06489
Lindsey Holmes       
860-276-0736
February 2011
Inn at Woodstock Hill
94 Plaine Hill Road
Woodstock, CT 06281
Richard Naumann
860-928-0528
April 2011
Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382
Kenneth Jarka
860-862-3675
February 2011             
Residence In By Marriott                      
942 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Mark Graham                
860-524-5550           
January 2011             
Residence Inn By Marriott
Mystic Groton
40 Whitehall Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
Scott Barlow
860-536-5150
January 2011

Other Certified Facilities:

Lodging Facility

Contact Info

Certified
Abbey's Lantern Hill Inn
780 Lantern Hill Rd
Ledyard, CT 06339
Erika Hall
860-572-0483
October 2010
Bellissimo Grande
411A-B Norwich Westerly Rd
North Stonington, CT 06359
Chad Eaton
877-700-0079
860-535-9924
May 2010
Cornucopia at Oldfield Bed and
Breakfast
 
782 Main Street North
Southbury, CT 06488
Ed Edelson
203-267-6772
August 2009
Courtyard Cromwell
4 Sebethe Dr
Cromwell, CT 06416
Chuck Moran
860-635-1001
December 2010      
Cromwell Super 8
1 Industrial Park Rd
Cromwell, CT 06416
Steve Gorss
860-632-8888
February 2010
Crowne Plaza Hotel
100 Berlin Rd
Cromwell, CT 06416
860-807-2450
July 2009 
Four Points by Sheraton
426 Main Ave
Norwalk, CT 06851
Anthony Corvino
203-849-9828 x504
December 2010
Guest House Retreat and Conference Center
318 West Main St
Chester, CT 06412
Michael Levien
860-322-5770
December 2009
Hartford Hilton
315 Trumbull St
Hartford, CT 06103
Duane Schroder
860-728-5151
October 2010
Inn at Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast
119 Mystic Rd
North Stonington, CT 06359
Mary Wilska
860-535-9075
July 2009
Interlaken Inn
74 Interlaken Rd
Lakeville, CT 06039
Michelle Bruck
860-435-9878
March 2010
Marriott Hartford Downtown
200 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
Robert Smith
860-760-2288
860-462-4436
August 2009
Mystic Marriott Hotel and Spa
625 North Rd
Groton, CT 06340

Michael Allen
860-446-2600

November 2009
Navy Lodge
2 Proteus Ave
Groton, CT 06340
Reggie Fowlkes
860-446-1160
October 2009
Omni New Haven at Yale
155 Temple St
New Haven, CT 06510
Emily Messinger
203-974-6820
July 2010

Premiere Hotel and Suites
3 Long Wharf Dr
New Haven, CT 06511

Mariann Aherne
203-777-5337
Februrary 2010
Residence Inn By Marriott
22 Segar St
Danbury, CT 06810
Susan Perrothers
203-797-1256
November 2010
Residence Inn By Marriott
778 West St
Southington, CT 06489
Kristin Pikula
860-621-4440
October 2010
Sheraton Bradley
1 Bradley International Dr
Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Omar Roldan
860-416-5886
November 2010

The Rocky River Inn
236 Kent Rd
New Milford, CT 06776

Regal Patel
860-355-3208
March 2010
The Study At Yale
1157 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06511
Jon Alfield
203-503-3936
August 2010
Saybrook Point Inn and Spa
2 Bridge St
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Andy Abels
860-395-3081
July 2009
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
401 North Frontage Rd
Waterford, CT 06385
Rosemary Vieira
860-439-0151 Ext. 360   
October 2009