The Inns of Monterey and the Best Western Plus Victorian Inn meet the Green Seal™ Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties. As one of the first eco-friendly hotels in Monterey, we do our part through waste minimization, water and energy efficiency, hazardous substances handling, and environmentally responsible purchasing.
Green Seal Inc., an independent not-for-profit organization, certifies lodging properties that represent leadership in reducing their impact on the environment and human health. Founded in 1989, Green Seal develops environmental standards and certifies the products and services that meet those standards. The Green Seal logo on a product or service means that it has gone through a stringent process to reduce its impact on the environment and human health.
As a Green Seal-certified hotel:
We have been independently certified by a national organization
We care about the health of our guests, our staff and the planet.
We have reduced our carbon footprint, and much more.
We have reduced our energy and water use, our waste and our use of chemicals and disposables.
We recycle and use environmentally preferable products.
It means that the hotel has met the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging, GS-33. The standard includes stringent environmental requirements in waste minimization, energy efficiency, water conservation, wastewater management, and environmentally responsible procurement. Certification means that the hotel has been evaluated according to Green Seal's science-based procedures, without bias or conflict of interest, and earned certification by a national program.
Green Seal worked with the American Hotel & Lodging Association to develop our Greening Your Property Handbook in 1996. The first edition of GS-33, its Green Lodging Standard, was published in 1999 and the first hotels were certified against it in 2001. The standard was updated in 2008 to include Bronze, Silver and Gold levels,
Green Seal's certification process involves an in-depth review of the hotels' purchasing records, processes and procedures. It also includes an on-site audit of the property. Annual monitoring is required to maintain certification.