FIRST GARDEN STATE GREEN HOTELS WORKSHOP TO BE HELD
ON OCTOBER 19
(12/P115) TRENTON - The first workshop of the DEP’s new Garden State Green Hotels Project will be held on Oct. 19, providing an opportunity for hotel owners and operators to learn of State programs which pay for energy efficiency improvements, worker training and environmental reviews.
The event, to feature presentations and a panel discussion with representatives from the hotel, clean energy and utility industries, will be held at the Walter Edge Theater on the Mays Landing campus of Atlantic Cape Community College from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for those in the hospitality sector to acquire important knowledge that will help their bottom line and the environment, and one that is consistent with the energy conservation message of the state’s Energy Master Plan,” said Bob Marshall, DEP Assistant Commissioner for Sustainability and Green Energy. “The goal of reducing energy use in hotels while gaining in customer satisfaction is attainable, and the experts speaking at this first workshop of the Garden State Green Hotels Project will show them the way.”
Participants will learn which environmental improvements net the best results and how to translate those results into an effective marketing tool. Testimonials from hotel general managers whose facilities have adopted greener practices also will be presented in a panel discussion.
“Atlantic and Cape May counties have the highest concentrations of hotels and lodging in New Jersey, so this workshop is a natural fit for our green-minded hospitality industry,” said Jean McAlister, Associate Dean of Continuing Education & Business Development at Atlantic Cape. Atlantic Cape Community College. "Atlantic Cape is happy to partner with the DEP to offer this training, which features top-notch experts in the field.”
The DEP, in conjunction with several other state and federal agencies, launched the Garden State Green Hotels project in April. It is designed to assist New Jersey hotel owners and operators increase energy efficiency and cost savings through the utilization of green practices.
In addition to several scheduled workshops and training sessions, the program also offers no-cost and no-obligation environmental and energy reviews to participating hotels that could serve as a first step to “Green” certification from various programs in the eco-tourism industry.
The Garden State Green Hotel Project is funded by an $180,000 contribution from the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program, which is matched by the DEP. Other partners include the state Board of Public Utilities, Division of Travel and Tourism, the U.S. Green Building Council – New Jersey Chapter; Atlantic Cape Community College, and the State Employment & Training Commission
The Green Hotel Project will focus on the priorities of the federal P2 program: achieving measurable results in increasing energy efficiency and lowering greenhouse gases, reducing hazardous materials and waste generation, while conserving water in hotels.
The program emphasizes the economic benefits of implementing these practices. Hotels certified as “Green” have fared well statistically in multiple customer-satisfaction polls conducted by several travel websites.
To register for the Oct. 19 workshop call Atlantic Cape Community College at 609-343-4829 or fax the registration form found at
http://www.nj.gov/dep/sage/docs/flyer_garden_state_green_hotel_project20121019.pdf to 609-343-4807.
For more information on the Garden State Green Hotel Project, please visit: http://www.nj.gov/dep/sage/green-hotels.html.
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