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Sustainability Resources

Restaurant and lodging operators are putting sustainable practices into place not only because it’s the socially responsible thing to do, but because it makes good business sense. Whether you're just getting started, or looking to enhance sustainable practices, there are numerous resources available.

Restaurants - According to National Restaurant Association (NRA) research, 4 in 10 consumers say they are likely to make a restaurant choice based on the operations’ conservation practices, and 55 percent say they’d be more likely to visit a restaurant that serves food grown or raised in an environmentally friendly way. NRA’s Conserve Sustainability Education ProgramSM is an online resource to help restaurants reduce energy, waste and water – driving down costs and leaving a lighter footprint on our environment. Features include a checklist with over 90 industry-tested best practices and over 64 videos by industry experts.

Lodging Properties - AH&LA's comprehensive Green Resource Center offers guidelines, best practices, industry suppliers, and other tips for becoming a more eco-friendly property. Designed expressly for the hotel industry, AH&LA’s 11 Minimum Environmental Guidelines provide a variety of options in which to create an environmental-friendly and sustainable hotel including; reduce operating costs and environmental impacts through reduced utility consumption, recycling programs, employee training, and supply chain management.

General Information & Initiatives

Building and Certification Programs

Energy Efficiency and Tax Credits

Recycling and Composting