Green Hotels Association
    June 2017  


Green Hotels Association® has been successful in providing lodging accommodations with information, techniques, ideas and products to help save water, save energy and reduce solid waste since 1993―for well over 20 years! For properties or individuals not yet involved in a conservation program which saves money and helps protect our environment, GHA offers a Quick Start environmental list:

$ Install 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 gallon-per-minute sink aerators @ >$1 each.

$ Install toilet tank fill diverters in older non-low-flow toilets @ $1.50 or less each.

$ Check all tub/showers for water pouring from the tub spout when the shower is on (especially older fixtures) and make repairs as necessary.

$ Install 1.6 gpm spray valve for dish rinsing in restaurant kitchen.

$ Provide towel and sheet cards asking guests to consider reusing towels and not having sheets changed every day. Order at

$ Inventory all cleaning products and send all toxics to appropriate disposal entity.

$ Remove all bleach, ammonia and alcohol products from laundry. Use alternatives.

$ NEVER buy anything that says “wear rubber gloves” or “use eye protection.”

$ Use this general cleaning solution―50% water, 50% vinegar (preferably 9% marked "for canning") and a few drops of liquid kitchen soap.

$ Purchase a steam cleaning machine for mold, mildew, etc..

$ Begin replacing mowed lawn with ground cover or gardens.

$ Stop using a leaf blower. Use a broom or rake, definitely not a water hose.

$ Remove all treated wood because the arsenic residue seeps into the ground and migrates down to the water table―send to an appropriate disposal entity.

$ Start recycling cardboard, newspapers and aluminum.

$ Non-smoking hotel.

$ Pest control should be non-toxic, as needed only. Vacuum indoor pests.

$ Replace all exit signs with LED @ $30+ each which are expected to last ten years. Replace as many lighting fixtures as possible with LEDs.

$ Schedule PTAC filter changes and be sure the inside of PTACs are kept clean.

$ All fluorescent tubes or bulbs should be disposed of properly because they contain mercury.

$ Join Green Hotels Association® TODAY at!

GHA President and Founder Patricia Griffin says, “Very few guests come to a hotel for the hotel itself. Guests come to hotels because of what is nearby, whether it’s a beach, golfing, skiing, scenery, history, business meeting, cultural events, nature-based events, etc. So, hoteliers must care for and protect the reason their guests come.” That can be accomplished through the hundreds, if not thousands, of ideas, techniques and options provided with Green Hotels Association®’s membership in its newsletters and its GHA Guideslines & Ideas which is available for purchase at!

Further information on Green Hotels Association® and its elite corps of green hoteliers interested in protecting the environment may be found at or by calling 713/789-8889!

To learn more about GHA and how your property can be greener, jump to Green Hotels Association!

or CALL 713/789-8889 TODAY!


How about a heart-warming hospitality story? Staff at a Hyatt in Australia wanted to help reforest a nearby national forest that had experienced a devastating forest fire. They planted 500 native trees in gallon milk jugs on the hotel’s roof.




FB  Twitter

24 years
Green Hotels Association®
P. O. Box 420212, Houston, TX 77242-0212
713/789-8889 | Fax 713/789-9786
Member Hotels | Approved Vendors | Membership | Catalog | More Information | What are Green Hotels
E-Mail | E-Mail to Friend