New York Starts Green Hotels Certification Program

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a ‘Green Certification’ program for hotels and lodging establishments.

Green credentials will be certified by the Audubon GreenLeaf program. Based on environmental performance, a hotel could be assigned one to five green leaves.

The certification program is part of a larger initiative to support and market sustainable tourism in New York.

The New York State Green Hospitality and Tourism Partnership - a combination of state agencies, business associations, and academia – worked together to initiate the certification program.

Earlier this year, the partnership helped launch the Green Restaurant Certification process.

Forty-three hotels and inns — spread all over the Empire State – have already signed on for the ‘Green Hospitality’ certification process.

Here’s the full list of the 43 initial applicants:-

Long Island
1. Gurney’s Inn Resort & Spa – Montauk
2. The Stiring House Bed and Breakfast – Greenport

New York City
1. Grand Hyatt – NY
2. The Beekman Tower Hotel – NY
3. Westin – NY

Hudson Valley
1. Bear Mountain Inn – Bear Mountain
2. Fox Hill Bed and Breakfast – Highland
3. Mohonk Mountain House – New Paltz
4. Ritz-Carlton Westchester – Westchester
5. Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center – Tarrytown
6. The Rhinecliff – Rhinecliff

Capital Region, Catskills, Leatherstocking
1. 74 State – Albany
2. Crowne Plaze – Albany
3. Glens Falls House – Round Top
4. The Fairlawn Inn – Hunter
5. Amsterdam Castle – Amsterdam
6. The Otesaga Resort Hotel – Cooperstown

Adirondacks
1. Elk Lake Lodge – North Hudson
2. Holiday Inn – Plattsburgh
3. Shaheen’s Motel – Tuper Lake
4. Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks – Silver Bay
5. Sleep Inn & Suites – Queensbury
6. The Glen Lodge Bed & Breakfast – Warrensburg
7. Gideon Putnam Resort – Saratoga Springs
8. Hyatt Place Saratoga/Malta – Malta
9. Saratoga Farmstead Bed & Breakfast – Saratoga Springs

1000 Islands, Mohawk Valley
1. Holiday Inn – New Hartford
2. Best Western Carriage House Inn – Watertown
3. Capt. Thomson’s Resort – Alexandria Bay
4. White Pillars Lodging – Canton

Central
1. Berry Hill Gardens Bed & Breakfast – Bainbridge
2. Aurora Inn & E.B. Morgan House – Aurora
3. Bed & Breafast Wellington – Syracuse
4. La Tourelle Resort & Spa – Ithaca
5. Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conf. Ctr – Syracuse
6. Turtle Dreams – Groton

Finger Lakes, Rochester
1. Bristol Harbour Resort – Canandaigua
2. RIT Inn & Conf. Ctr – Rochester
3. Radisson Hotel – Corning

Western
1. Adam’s Mark Hotel – Buffalo
2. Asa Ransom House – Clarence
3. Days Inn Batavia – Batavia
4. Super 8 Batavia – Batavia

The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid, NY is the only one which has already has been certified green by Audubon, with a rating of 4 leaves.

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