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The Green Key Eco-Rating Program for Greener Hotel and Meeting Venues

Green Key certifications for hotels and event venues are now identified on Cvent Supplier Network listings.
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Green Key Global helps more than 65,000 monthly meeting planner use proprietary online venue site selection and sourcing tools such as the Cvent Supplier Network, plan “green” meetings and events.

Through an “Environmentally Friendly” filter on the venue sites and Green Key ratings on venue profiles, meeting planners can easily research, identify and do business with Green Key-certified hotels and hotel meeting facilities in the United States and Canada.

Through  partnership with Green Key Global, meeting planners can search specifically for hotels and hotel meeting facilities on venue lists  that are certified by the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, the first of its kind to rank, certify and audit hotels and resorts based on their commitment to sustainable “green” operations.

Hoteliers are awarded a Green Key rating of one through five based on a comprehensive environmental audit, and provided with a performance report that includes recommendations for improvements. Unlike other programs of this nature, Green Key is focused entirely on hotel operations and includes random, on-site verification of audit results, mitigating the risk of score inflation. 

“Our partnership with Cvent is a proactive step to provide the industry with immediate information on green lodging options, and aligns perfectly with Green Key’s ongoing mission,” said Tony Pollard, Managing Director of Green Key Global. “The partnership encourages sustainable hotel operations and practices, recognizes the properties that engage in these practices and helps educate the consumer, which is, in this case, a meeting planner population that is thirsting for this kind of information.”

Both Cvent and Green Key continue to work with other industry organizations, such as Meeting Planners International (MPI) and the Green Meetings Industry Council (GMIC), to further the resources available to meeting and event planners to plan environmentally friendly events.


The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is the first of its kind to rank, certify and inspect hotels and resorts in North America based on their commitment to sustainable “green” operations. The program was originally developed for the Hotel Association of Canada by a leading environmental engineering firm. Designed specifically for hotel operations, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a comprehensive environmental audit that will allow each participating property to benefit on several fronts – cost savings, increased bookings from environmentally conscious consumers and meeting planners and responsible corporate citizenry. In the United States Green Key is a joint partnership between the Hotel Association of Canada and LRA Worldwide, Inc. For more information on Green Key or to register your property now, visit www.greenkeyglobal.com, call +1.888.752.7061 or email info(at)greenkeyglobal(dot)com.


Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 2/18/2011
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