Hello all, Jerm here with some cool Tampa Bay hotel updates! The Florida Department of Environmental Protection just recently announced the Crowne Plaza Tampa Westshore to the Florida Green Lodging Program!

For those of you who don't know, this voluntary state initiative provides the lodging industry with free technical assistance, encouraging hotels and motels to adopt cost-saving “green” practices that reduce waste and conserve natural resources.

Believe me guys, this is no easy program to get into so congrats to the team over at the Crowne Plaza! Even more kudos go to those guys over there because they haven't yet been open for a year and are kicking tail and taking names in this market, so this is just an additional feather in the hat!

In case your wondering what it takes to become a member of this program, its not an easy process. To become a designated member of the Florida Green Lodging Program, hotels must implement a variety of green practices.

These practices include, but are not limited to,:
  • Water conservation measures through low flow plumbing fixtures
  • A linen reuse program
  • Energy efficiency achieved by installing ENERGY STAR® appliances and programmable thermostats.
  • The waste reduction criteria are met by providing the opportunity to recycle, purchasing items in bulk, purchasing recycled materials and by recycling ink and toner cartridges.
  • All designated properties must also use green cleaners and high efficiency air filters.
Launched in early March of 2004, the Florida Green Lodging Program establishes environmental guidelines for hotels and motels to conserve natural resources and prevent pollution.

Congratulations to the Crown Plaza Tampa Westshore crew! I hope to be getting over there soon to take some pictures and get video so stay tuned in for that and more updates on from your Tampa Bay team about all of our great Tampa Bay meetings venues and hotels!