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Hospitality industry partners with DHEC in going green

The South Carolina Hospitality Association has partnered with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling to form the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance.

The program is designed to help hotels, motels, restaurants and other hospitality facilities go green.

“Each of us—government, business, industry and individuals—must do our part to help protect South Carolina’s environment,” said DHEC Commissioner Earl Hunter. “This program presents a unique opportunity for the hospitality industry to lead by example through the use of smart, sustainable, cost-effective practices that help conserve natural resources, save energy and reduce pollution.”

To be a member of the South Carolina Green Hospitality Alliance, hotels and restaurants must complete an audit of their property’s compliance with unique eco-initiatives that are designed to create a more sustainable environment. Environmentally friendly measures that are reviewed include energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling, environmentally safe cleaning, reduction of waste, ongoing maintenance, purchasing habits and other factors. DHEC will offer free, confidential assistance through site visits, workshops and a comprehensive series of best-management practices fact sheets.

For more information, visit DHEC’s Web site: http://www.scdhec.gov/greenhospitality. There, you can also find a program application and a listing of certified facilities.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 11/17/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 11/17/09 @ 1:36 PM | Permalink