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DLEG Announces Green Lodging Certification for Boyne Mountain Resort

Facility Earns Leader Certification

Lansing, MI (March 3, 2009) - Boyne Mountain Resort, located in Boyne Falls, has earned Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) Leader certification from the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG).

Green Lodging Michigan (GLM) encourages hotels, resorts, motels, and bed & breakfast facilities to implement environmental initiatives and cost-saving "green" practices to conserve energy, reduce water consumption, protect air quality, reduce waste, and participate in environmentally preferred purchasing.

"This accreditation is the mark of environmental responsibility of hoteliers who are committed to 'green' business practices that make environmental and economic goals their top priority," said DLEG Energy Office Director R. Thomas Martin.  "Green Lodging Michigan is also helping to ensure the viability of our lodging facilities and the thousands of jobs related to Michigan's hospitality industry."

Boyne Mountain Resort has implemented several environmental initiatives at their facility.  They have low-flow fixtures throughout the property and offer a linen and towel reuse program to guests enjoying extended stays.  All laundry products are non-phosphorus, cleaning products are purchased in bulk and low VOC products are used throughout the resort.  Boyne Mountain also uses Energy Star lighting and equipment as well as motion detectors and timers to reduce energy use and have had an energy audit done on the facility to help identify other energy conservation projects.  Rooms and suites in the resort's Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa accommodations have been outfitted with a guest key card activated system by Entergize that controls heating, cooling and lighting and is expected to reduce energy use by up to 40%.  All new light bulbs are energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs or LED lights.  A recycling program for cardboard and office paper is in place and waste food is transferred to and recycled by local farmers.  Boyne Mountain's snowmaking fleet also includes 117 Boyne Low-E fan guns that are 40% more efficient than standard models. 

"Boyne Mountain is proud to have achieved Green Lodging Michigan's highest level of certification," said Ed Grice, general manager of Boyne Mountain Resort.  "Following green business practices is not only the right thing to do for our environment but also for our industry.  We offer many activities that cater to outdoor enthusiasts and understand the vital role our environment's long term sustainability plays into the equation."

Green Lodging Michigan is a joint effort between DLEG and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to encourage the lodging industry to conserve and protect the state's natural resources while increasing marketability and lowering utility costs.

"Green Lodging Michigan has been an effective way of including hoteliers in the effort to help Michigan continue as the leader in environmental beauty and abundant natural resources," said Steven E. Chester, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Green Lodging Michigan is a voluntary and non-regulatory certification program offered through the Michigan Energy Office in DLEG to hoteliers at no charge. The Michigan Energy Office and the DEQ provide technical assistance to those who are interested in implementing 'green' strategies and earning certification. The GLM program certifies facilities based on environmental initiatives such as air quality, energy efficiency, solid waste reduction, toxic waste management, water conservation, purchasing and communication. There are three levels of certification: Partner, Steward, and Leader, which can be earned by completing a self-assessment checklist and achieving a minimum number of requirements and points.

The Michigan Energy Office promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan's residents, businesses, and public institutions. For more information about the Green Lodging Michigan program and to download the GLM application packet and self-assessment checklist, visit the website at  

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