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Green Globe 21 is a global certification program for sustainable travel & tourism companies and communities. Established by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, the private company provides a certification service for companies and communities that implement the Agenda 21 based Green Globe 21 Standard. The standard includes an environmental code, with policy guidance, environmental management systems, employee information, consumer tips and other supporting information. Certification began for companies in 1994 and was extended to communities in 1997. This meant local and national authorities providing leadership in Agenda 21 based environmental improvements could be formally recognised for their good work and encouraged to develop a continuous cycle of environmental improvement. The first Green Globe 21 standard was developed in 1998 and introduced with third party audit in 1999. To become certified, an organization needs to apply, benchmark, and after adjustments become certified by third party auditors. They then have the right to use the Green Globe logo with the checkmark indicating certification.

EcoHotel is another certification system promoted by HVS International. The system is based on 5 main criteria: environmental commitment, solid waste management, energy efficiency, water conservation, and employee education/community involvement. Intended just for hotel operations, the first hotel to received certification in 1991 based on criteria set out by environmental experts from the Rocky Mountain Institute. More than 1000 companies have since sought certification. Hotels become certified in up to five globes
The LEED 2.0 (Leader’s in Energy and Environmental Design) system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council also plays a role in the hospitality industry. A number of high profile environmental hotels around the world have or are seeking LEED certification for their buildings. Perhaps the most prolific example is the Kandalama Hotel in Sri Lanka. The LEED rating system is restricted to buildings and does not include operational statistics. Members are mainly from U.S. however can be applied to any building.
Green Leaf Eco Rating by Hotel Association of Canada is a 5 leaf graduated rating system designed by TerraChoice Environmental Services Inc. to identify hotels committed to improving their bottom line fiscal and environmental performance. Members are located across Canada.

Since 1995, Green Seal has partnered with the lodging industry, the nation's second largest employer, to promote environmentally responsible products and practices within lodging properties. Green Seal's campaign to inform the nearly 54,000 U.S. hotels and motels focuses on how environmental efforts both improve the bottom line and benefit the environment. A summary of Green Seal's activities and experience in the lodging sector follows:


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