SC Green Hospitality Alliance Application 2010/2012


Please complete the entire application and click submit once. 


 

Business Name *
Facility Name (DBA if different)
Facility Telephone Number (for Certified Facilities List) *
Mailing Address *
City *
State *
Zip Code *
Contact person (full name) *
Contact person telephone number *
Contact person email address *

THe Green Hospitality Alliance is a partnership betwen the SC Department of Health and Enviromental Control and the South Carolina Hospitality Association and its local chapters and partners.  Membership into the SCHA is required for certification.

Are you a member of the South Carolina Hospitality Association (SCHA)? *
No
Yes
Not Sure
SCHA Membership ID#





Green Team

 

Have your assembled a green team?
No
Yes
Please list members, job titles and meeting schedule of the green team *
Have you developed an environmental policy? (Back Up Required) *
No
Yes (please submit a copy)
Has the staff been advised of the environmental policy? *
No
Yes
Please list where the policy is displayed *
The environmental policy is part of the new employee orientation and annual training
No
Yes - 5 Points
Employee manuals, instead of taken home, are kept on site for staff
No
Yes - 5 points
The environmental policy is included in a public advertisement or publication
No
Yes - 5 points
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are measured? *
No
Yes - 6 Points (please submit measurements)

 If yes, please email copies to green@schospitality.org

To achieve climate neutrality, zero GHG emission is reached through environmental efforts include planting trees, carbon offsets, etc? *
No
Yes - 10 Points


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Is an environmentally preferred purchasing policy established? *
No
Yes - 5 points (please submit a copy)


Are the following recycled-content products purchased for the facility?
Please check all that apply 

 

Copy Paper (30% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Business Cards (30% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Business cards include statement identifying it as recycled content
No
Yes - 1 Point
Letterhead (30% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Letterhead includes statement identifying it as recycled
No
Yes - 1 Point
Toilet paper (30% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Paper towels (40% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Amenities (Packaging is recycled content.)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Uniforms (70% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Benches (90% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Other
No
Yes - 1 Point
Please Specify
Other
No
Yes - 1 Point
Please Specify
Other
No
Yes - 1 Point
Please Specify
Other
No
Yes - 1 Point
Please Specify

 

Recycled-content flooring is purchased for the facility

Carpet (70% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 5 Points
Tiles (90% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 5 Points
Mats and Rugs (50% recycled-content minimum)
No
Yes - 5 Points

 

 

Are compostable products purchased?
No
Yes - 3 Points
Is purchasing preference given to local vedors (withing 100 miles)?
No
Yes - 2 Points
Are remanufactured inkjet and toner cartridges purchased?
No
Yes - 2 Points
Are refillable dispensers purchased versus portion-control packaging?
No
Yes - 2 Points



Are the following energy-efficient (ENERGY STAR) appliances purchased?
Please check all that apply.  A maximum of 10 points can be earned.
 

Refrigerators
No
Yes - 1 Point
Fryers
No
Yes - 1 Point
Steam Cookers
No
Yes - 1 Point
Dishwashers
No
Yes - 1 Point
Freezers
No
Yes - 1 Point
Air Conditioners
No
Yes - 1 Point
Water Heaters
No
Yes - 1 Point
Washing Machines
No
Yes - 1 Point
Dryers
No
Yes - 1 Point
Ice Machines
No
Yes - 1 Point
Other
No
Yes - 1 Point
Please Specify
Other
No
Yes - 1 Point
Please Specify



 

Are hybrid/alternative-fuel vehicles purchased?
No
Yes - 5 Points
Do at least two vendors deliver products with returnable packaging and containers?
No
Yes - 4 Point
Please list vendor #1
Please list vendor #2


End of Section Two

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Has a waste audit been conducted?
No
Yes - 5 Points (please submit results)


 

Waste reduction and recycling efforts are reported to DHEC
No
Yes - 5 Points

Contact greenhospitality@dhec.sc.gov to submit your confidential report

 

Through reduction, resuse and recycling, the percentage of solid waste disposed of (excluding food scraps) is less than
N/A
Yes - 10% - 10 Points
Yes - 20% - 5 Points
Yes - 30% - 3 Points



 

Are copiers and printers programmed to print double-sided copies?
No
Yes - 4 Points
When faxing, are self-adhesive notes or stamps used instead of cover sheets?
No
Yes - 1 Point
Unwanted mail (junk mail) is reduced or eliminated
No
Yes - 2 Points
Excess packaging or items delivered to the facility is reduced by at least two vendors.
No
Yes - 2 Points
Amenities are provided:
N/A
In refillable dispensers - 5 Points
By request only - 3 Points


Recycling program is in place with bins located in the following areas:

List recycling vendor/hauler or drop-off location
Front of the facility and office(s)
N/A
Yes - 2 Points
Break Room(s)
N/A
Yes - 3 Points
Kitchen
N/A
Yes - 3 Points
Banquet Area(s)
N/A
Yes - 3 Points
Dining Area(s)
N/A
Yes - 5 Points
Catered Events (off-site)
N/A
Yes - 5 Points
Guest Rooms (lodging facilities only)
N/A
Yes - 5 Points
Hallways
N/A
Yes - 5 Points


The following materials are collected
Check with your recycling vendor/hauler for correct collection procedures

Aluminum cans
N/A
Yes - 1 Point
Cardboard
N/A
Yes - 1 Point
Glass
N/A
Yes - 4 Point
Paper
N/A
Yes - 1 Point
Plastic
N/A
Yes - 1 Point
Mattresses (lodging facilities only)
N/A
Yes - 5 Points
Used Motor Oil
N/A
Yes - 2 Points

 
 

Fluorescent bulbs, computers, televisions and other electronics properly managed (recycled)? *

Required by state law
See the "Computer/Television Recycling Advisory" and the "Proper Management of Universal Waste Lamps" fact sheet at www.scdhec.gov/environment/lwm/recycle/info_for_you.htm

 

E-mail and voice mail are used to lessen printing
No
Yes - 1 Point
Memos are centrally posted or have been eliminated
No
Yes - 1 Point
Employee applications are accepted on-line ONLY
No
Yes - 4 Points
Old towels and table linens are reused or recycled
No
Yes - 1 Point
Unwanted furniture and appliances are repaired or donated
No
Yes - 1 Point
Used Amenities are collected, then donated or recycled
No
Yes - 5 Points
A use reduction plan for pesticides and fertilizers in place?
No
Yes - 2 Points (please submit a copy of the plan)
Food scraps are composted
No
Yes - 5 Points
Used cooking oil is recycled
No
Yes - 2 Points
Unused paint is recycled or donated
No
Yes - 3 Points
Reusable cups, glasses, plates, utensils and napkins are used - except with to-go orders
No
Yes - 2 Points
Rechargeable batteries and power tools are used.
No
Yes - 1 Point
Yard trimmings are properly managed
No
Yes - Mulched or Composted on site - 5 Points
Yes - A contractor composts or mulches yard trimmings off site - 3 Points
Envelopes are reused for internal routing (e.g., inter-office envelopes)
No
Yes - 1 Point
The blank side of used paper is used to take messages or as scratch pads
No
Yes - 1 Point
Smaller meal portions are offered at a reduced price
No
Yes - 1 Point
The use of Stryrofoam packaging has been eliminated
No
Yes - Including to-go orders - 5 Points
Yes - Excluding to-go orders - 1 Points
Compostable to-go packaging is used
No
Yes - 5 Points
Reusable coffee filters are used
No
Yes - 2 Point
Bottled water is not served on site (excluding vending machines for hotels)
No
Yes - 4 Points
A reusable mug/cup program is available. This program offers drinks at a discounted price when refilling a restaurant-provided (or purchased) mug
No
Yes - Staff only - 1 Point
Yes - Guests only - 1 Point
Yes - Staff and Guests - 2 Points
Cafeteria trays are reused
No
Yes - 2 Points
Table coverings have been eliminated
No
Yes - 1 Point
Hand dryers with sensors are used in rest rooms instead of paper towels
No
Yes - 1 Point


 

Educational material - to promote waste reduction and recycling is provided
No
Yes - 5 Points (please submit samples)
Bed linens, towels and wash cloths are used for other purposes, rather than thrown away.
No
Yes - 2 Points
Only paperless check in is offered (Lodging facilities only)
No
Yes - 3 Points
Newspapers are centralized and delivered by request only
No
Yes - 3 Points


End of Section Three
 

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION THREE (3) *





 

Has an energy audit been conducted to see how much energy your facility uses?
No
Yes - 5 Points (please submit results)
Power-saving features on office equipment are activated
No
Yes - 3 Points
Computers, monitors and other electronics are turned off when not in use
No
Yes - 3 Points
Hot water is not used in washing machines when not required for sanitation purposes
No
Yes - 3 Points
Lighting fixtures are cleaned regularly
No
Yes - 1 Point
Cleaning equipment is properly maintained
No
Yes - 1 Point
The exhaust hood is turned off when stove (s) are not in operation
No
Yes - 3 Points
Elevator energy is managed efficiently
No
Yes - 5 Points
Energy efficient lighting is used
No
Yes - 100% of the property - 5 Points
Yes - 50% of the property - 2 Points



 

Programmed light timers and sensors are used.
No
Yes - Interior (e.g., public rest rooms, walk-in refrigerators, storage closets) - 3 Points
Yes - Exterior only - 1 Point
Yes - Interior and Exterior - 4 Points
Natural light is used when possible
No
Yes - 2 Points
Vending machines are energy efficient.
No
Yes - Misers are on all vending machins - 3 Points
Yes - Lights are turned off in all vending machines - 2 Points
Low-E* thermopane windows are installed. (*low-emissivity)
No
Yes - 100% of the property - 5 Points
Yes - 50% of the property - 3 Points



 

Temperate management systems are used throughout the facility
No
Yes - 4 Points
High-efficiency air-conditioning units are installed
No
Yes - 5 Points
Tankless or solar hot water system is used.
No
Yes - 5 Points
Solar panels or wind turbines are used
No
Yes - 5 Points
Heat zones are segregated
No
Yes - 5 Points
Fans with humidity sensors are installed in bathrooms
No
Yes - 2 Points
Draperies and shades are closed in unoccupied rooms during the warm months.
No
Yes - 3 Points
Property uses renewable energy for: (select one)
N/A
Yes - 75% of the facilities energy needs - 10 Points
Yes - 50% of the facilities energy needs - 8 Points
Yes - 25% of the facilities energy needs - 6 Points
Educational material - to promote energy efficiency - is provided
No
Yes - 2 Points (please submit samples)


End of Section Four
 

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION FOUR (4) *



 

Conduct a water assesment to see how much water your facility uses.
No
Yes - 5 Points (please submit results)


Are the following water-saving fixtures (including WaterSense-labeled products) installed throughout the facility?
Please check all that apply

Faucets and/or aerators
No
Yes - 3 Points
Toilets (using less than 1.6 gallons per flush)
No
Yes - 3 Points
Waterless or low-flow urinals
No
Yes - 3 Points
Shower heads (using less than 2.5 gallons per minute)
No
Yes - 3 Points
Other
No
Yes - 3 Points
Please Specify
Other
No
Yes - 3 Points
Please Specify



 

Faucets have sensor/automatic shut-off devices in common-area rest rooms
No
Yes - 4 Points
Biodegradable phosphate-free hand soap is provided in public rest rooms
No
Yes - 5 Points
Low-flow spray devices are used in the kitchen/dish-washing area
No
Yes - 3 Points
Foods are thawed in refrigeration not with running water
No
Yes - 2 Points
Drinking water is served to customers per request only
No
Yes - 3 Points
Condensate or "gray" water is reused for irrigation
No
Yes - 5 Points
The linen service (on-site or contracted) uses water saving practices
No
Yes - 3 Points
Parking lots and sidewalks are routinely swept rather than rinsed with water
No
Yes - 4 Points
Organic fertilizers and pesticides are used
No
Yes - 5 Points
Native vegetative buffers are used to protect lakes and rivers
No
Yes - 5 Points

Is water-efficient irrigation used? (select all that apply)

Water-based sensors are used
No
Yes - 5 Points
Irrigation professionals are WaterSense partners
No
Yes - 5 Points
Drought-resistant plants are used
No
Yes - 5 Points
Xeriscaping or rock gardens are installed to reduce the need for watering
No
Yes - 5 Points
Are landscapers certified under a WaterSense-labeled program?
No
Yes - 5 Points
Please provide name of landscaper
Faucets in guest rooms have automatic shut-off devises. (Lodging facilities only)
No
Yes - 5 Points
Guests have the option of reusing towels and linens. (Lodging facilities only)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Educational material - to promote water efficiency - is provided.
No
Yes - 5 Points (please provide samples)


End of Section Five
 

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION FIVE (5) *



 

The facility is 100% non-smoking.
No
Yes - 5 Points
High-efficiency air filters - having a Minimum Efficiency Rating Value (MERV) of eight or better - are used.
No
Yes - 4 Points
Air handler units and coils are serviced semi-annually?
No
Yes - 2 Points
Preferential parking is given to employees and guests with hybrid or alternative-fuel vehicles
No
Yes - 4 Points
An anti-idling policy is implemented for the facility
No
Yes - 3 Points
Bike racks are provided
No
Yes - 4 Points
Telecommuting or alternate-work schedules are available to employees
No
Yes - 3 Points
A carpooling program is promoted to employees
No
Yes - 3 Points
Low-VOC* paint used (*volatile organic compound)
No
Yes - Interior use only - 2 Points
Yes - Exterior use only - 2 Points
Yes - Both interior and exterior use- 4 Points
ODS-free* fire extinguishers are installed in place of halon-containing fire extinguishers. (*does not contain ozone-depleting substances)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Electric lawn equipment is used
No
Yes - 2 Points
Educational material - to promote better air quality - is provided?
No
Yes - 5 Points (please provide samples)


End of Section Six
 

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION SIX (6) *





 

Conduct a green Cleaning Assesment
No
Yes - 5 Points (please submit results)
A reduction plan for cleaning chemicals is in place
No
Yes - 3 Points

Cleaning products used throughout the facility, meet or exceed Green Seal standards: (Select all that apply)

Glass Cleaner
No
Yes - 3 Points
Floor Cleaner
No
Yes - 3 Points
Bathroom Cleaner
No
Yes - 3 Points
Laundry Soap
No
Yes - 3 Points
Other
No
Yes - 3 Points
Please Specify
Other
No
Yes - 3 Points
Please Specify
A green cleaning program has been reviewed with your distributor and/or manufacturer.
No
Yes - 3 Points
Housekeeping participates in green cleaning training by your chemical products manufacturer or distributor.
No
Yes - Twice per year - 3 Points
Yes - Once per year - 1 Point
Excluding disinfectants, all cleaning and laundry products are:
N/A
Health Hazard 1 or less - 5 Points
Health Hazard 2 or less - 2 Points
MSDS* are prominently displayed in multiple appropriate languages (*Materials Safety Data Sheets)
No
Yes - 1 Point
Dilution systems are used instead of ready-to-use products.
No
Yes - 3 Points
Toilets are only flushed once during the cleaning process.
No
Yes - 2 Points
Bleach and products containing bleach are locked away and only provided under supervisor approval.
No
Yes - 1 Point
Laundry products do not contain phosphates, are non-toxic and are biodegradable. Liquid detergents are at least 2x concentrated.
No
Yes - 3 Points
General purpose cleaners - including those for glass, carpet, floors and hard surfaces - are less than 10% VOC
No
Yes - 3 Points
Automatic dish-washing detergents do not contain NTA, EDTA or chlorine bleach and are biodegradable
No
Yes - 3 Points
Chlorine alternatives are used in pools and/or hot tubs
No
Yes - 5 Points
Discounts are given to hotel guests when they choose to forego housecleaning services for multiple nights stays (Lodging facilities only)
No
Yes - 3 Points


End of Section Seven 

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION SEVEN (7) *




 

Green Meetings are hosted *
No
Yes - Standard for booked events and staff functions - 5 Points
Yes - offered but not standard - 2 Points
Foods and beverages are only served with reusable dishes, cutlery and glass/mugs.
No
Yes - 4 Points
Water stations replace plastic water bottles. (void if styrofoam cups are used at the stations)
No
Yes - 2 Points
Food provided is locally grown
No
Yes - 5 Points
Box lunch packaging is recycled or composted on-site. (restaurant and lodging facilities only)
No
Yes - 5 Points
Box lunch packaging is recycled by caterer (restaurants and caterers only)
No
Yes - 5 Points
Note pads are provided by request only, not a standard.
No
Yes - 2 Points
Cloth napkins are used in place of paper napkins.
No
Yes - 2 Points


When provided, the following item(s) are recycled content:

Notepads
No
Yes - 1 Point
Pens
No
Yes - 1 Point
Napkins
No
Yes - 1 Point
Paperless billing is standard
No
Yes - 1 Point
Recycling containers are readily available for meeting participants
No
Yes - 3 Points
Recycling containers are provided for off-site events (restaurant and caterers only)
No
Yes - 3 Points
Environmental Impact Reports are provided to business clients
No
Yes - As a standard - 10 points
Yes - Upon request but not as a standard - 5 Points
Living plant centerpieces are used in place of exotic flowers'
No
Yes - 1 Point


End of Section Eight
 

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION EIGHT (8) *





 

Certified organic food and beverages are served
No
Yes - 100% - 6 Points
Yes - 75% - 5 Points
Yes - 50% - 4 Points
Yes - 25% - 3 Points
Foods and beverages do not contain added hormones or antibiotics
No
Yes - 100% - 6 Points
Yes - 75% - 5 Points
Yes - 50% - 4 Points
Yes - 25% - 3 Points
Facility is a South Carolina "Fresh On the Menu" participant
No
Yes - 6 Points (please provide a copy of your certification letter from the Dept. of Ag.)
All seafood purchases are on the "Best Choices" list from the "Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch: Southeast Sustainable Seafood Guide"
No
Yes - 5 Points


End of Section Nine

TOTAL POINTS FOR SECTION NINE (9) *




Please describe below additional green practices that your facility has implemented that ARE NOT LISTED PREVIOUSLY in this application.
The S.C. Hospitality Association will determine the point value for these practices.

SECTION 1: The Environmental Awareness - Additional Practices
SECTION 2: Environmentally Preferred Purchasing - Additional Practices
SECTION 3: Waste Reduction and Recycling - Additional Practices
SECTION 4: Energy Efficiency - Additional Practices
SECTION 5: Water Efficiency - Additional Practices
SECTION 6: Air Quality - Additional Practices
SECTION 7: Green Cleaning - Additional Practices
SECTION 8: Green Meetings and Catering - Additional Practices
SECTION 9 Sustainable Food - Additional Practices



List the total number of points by section in the column on the right and list your TOTAL SCORE at the bottom.

Contact DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling at 1-800-768-7348 for free technical assistance and recommendations to help you earn more points.
 

SECTION 1: The Environmental Awarness *
SECTION 2: Environmentally Preferred Purchasing *
SECTION 3: Waste Reduction and Recycling *
SECTION 4: Energy Efficiency *
SECTION 5: Water Efficiency *
SECTION 6: Air Quality *
SECTION 7: Green Cleaning *
SECTION 8: Green Meetings and Catering *
SECTION 9: Sustainable Food


One Palmetto Tree, Two Palmetto Trees or Three Palmetto Trees – will be determined by the points found in the chart above.
Please note that the chart lists separate point totals for:
1) restaurants
2) limited-service hotels
3) full-service hotels.
 

ENTER YOUR TOTAL SCORE HERE *