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Green Hotel Management Certificate Program -   October 19, 2009 - November 9, 2009 - Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center -  Virginia Beach, VA
General Information

Virginia's tourism industry is rapidly going green! Hotel customers are choosing to stay at green hotels. Government agencies now have purchasing policies that require them to choose green venues for their conferences and meetings. Recycling, energy efficiency, green purchasing, green teams, environmental policy statements…all of these things are great techniques that can reduce your environmental impacts and make you more profitable…that is, if you know what you're doing!

In addition, there is ever increasing scrutiny on hotels that claim to be green. You not only have to have a green program, but you have to have a green program that is part of everything you and your staff do as a hotel. Bottom-line, managing an effective green program is not something that they teach in hotel management school, and yet it is a skill that you need! This class will prepare you to develop, implement, and maintain an effective green hotel program!

The instructors from Greener Results Consulting bring years of experience in greening the hospitality industry. Tom Griffin actually developed Virginia Green, the state's voluntary green tourism program that features self-certification for Green Lodging facilities. Laura Wood Habr is a nationally-recognized green restaurant specialist who happens to own and operate the Eco-Bistro™ Croc's 19th Street Bistro in Virginia Beach. Both Tom and Laura are Green Consultants to the National Restaurant Association.


When you complete this seminar, you will be able to:

  1. Develop a Green Hotel program that involves all of your staff and impresses your customers.
  2. Track and measure your wastes and recycling and your consumption of water and energy; and set goals for reducing these impacts.
  3. Learn about green techniques and practices that you can implement at your facility to reduce environmental impacts.
  4. Save money and increase profitability!
  5. Participate in Virginia Green and other green recognition programs!
  6. Market yourself as green with confidence!


Hotel owners, Managers, and Green Program Coordinators.


Course Dates:

Tuesday's from March 2-23, 2010

Class Length: 4 classes - 2 hours each - 10:00AM-12:00PM

Continuing & Professional Education @ Virginia Tech