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Many of the links on this page exit EPA's domain.
Unlike traditional solid waste service contracts, resource management (RM) compensates waste contractors based on performance in achieving your organization's waste reduction goals rather than the volume of waste disposed. As a result, RM aligns waste contractor incentives with your own goals as you both explore innovative approaches that foster cost-effective resource efficiency through prevention, recycling, and recovery.
EPA's Green Buildings
This Web site offers information on green building materials, water and energy conservation, and sustainable development.
EPA's Environmentally Preferable
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) is a federal-wide program that encourages and assists Executive agencies in the purchasing of environmentally preferable products and services. This Web site contains guidance and tools for initiating an EPP program, case studies, a list of resources and upcoming events, and an open forum to encourage discussions of EPP issues.
Energy saving tips specifically for lodging facilities from EnergySTAR.
Composting / Food Waste Pages
These pages describe the waste management heirarchy for food waste and provide numerous examples of waste reduction and recycling strategies for food wastes.
The Green Plan for
the Food Service Industry
The Green Plan for the Food Service Industry is designed to help commercial and non-commercial food service providers reduce waste generation, practice pollution prevention, and conserve energy and natural resources.
at Special Events
Diverting food scraps at special events such as fairs, conferences, sporting events, and tradeshows, can pose unique challenges and opportunities. This site provides suggestions and strategies for special events where food scraps are generated.
Roads and highways, golf courses and ski resorts, commercial buildings and industrial sitesthe widespread use of economically and environmentally costly landscaping is everywhere. By simply changing these landscapes to "GreenScapes," you can save money and prevent pollution.
EPA's Comprehensive Procurement
This Web site promotes the procurement of products made with recycled-content materials. It provides information on CPG and EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notices, which recommend recycled-content levels for CPG items. This site also contains a list of manufacturers, vendors, and suppliers of designated products; fact sheets; buy-recycled news; and related links.
STAR for Hospitality
Join ENERGY STAR for Hospitality to help purchasers find products which meet EPA's energy efficiency criteria and receive publications and free technical assistance.
Restaurant Association Certification
The Green Restaurant Association (GRA) publishes guidelines for restauranteurs to use to reduce their environmental impact. To be certified by the GRA , restaurants must recycle, be free of polystyrene, and commit to completing four Environmental Steps per year of membership.
"Green" Hotels Association®
"Green" Hotels Association® bring together hotels interested in environmental issues. Hoteliers can join the program and receive ideas and techniques to reduce bills as well as the hotel's impact on the environment.
Green Globe is the worldwide benchmarking and certification program which facilitates sustainable travel and tourism for consumers, companies and communities.
Sustainable Slopes is a collection of environmental best practices for ski area owners and operators, supported by the National Ski Area Association. Ski resorts commit to improving environmental practices upon joining the program.
Environmental Media Association
The Environmental Media Association (EMA) mobilizes the entertainment industry in a global effort to educate people about environmental issues and inspire them into action. Includes tips for "Greening Hollywood" and the Environmental Media Awards, recognizing writers, producers, directors, actors, and others in the entertainment industry who actively expressed their concern for the environment through their work.
WasteWise Entertainment Industry Fact Sheet
(PDF) (2 pp, 95K, About
From reducing product packaging to buying manufacturing supplies in bulk, the entertainment industry has a wealth of waste reduction opportunities. This fact sheet provides a sampling of the commitments and achievements of WasteWise partners in this industry.
Fact Sheet: Restaurant Pollution Prevention and Waste Reduction (PDF) (4 pp, 175K, About PDF)
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality provides tips for preventing pollution and reducing waste in restaurants.
Fact Sheet: The Tourism and Hospitality Industry Goes Green (PDF) (4 pp, 155K, About PDF)
The tourism and hospitality industry is finding that "going green" saves money and prevents pollution. This fact sheet provides information on pollution prevention and energy efficiency opportunities for the tourism and hospitality industry.
greenhotelier aims to inspire, educate and challenge everyone connected with the hospitality industry to achieve more sustainable operation.
Environmental Action Pack
UNEP Industry and Environment (UNEP DTIE), the International Hotel Association (IHA) and the International Hotels Environment Initiative (IHEI) have published an "Environmental Action Pack for Hotels" to help small and medium sized hotels to improve their environmental management.
Greening Your Ski
Area: A Pollution Prevention Handbook
This purpose of this handbook is to demonstrate that practical, proven techniques and technologies exist for reducing environmental impacts of ski area operations and to identify resources for ski area personnel to obtain further information.