Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility
Best Western encourages hotels to "go green" in the way that works best for their markets and customers. The brand provides tools and training to support these efforts.
Made up of independently owned and operated hotels, Best Western thrives on diversity. As a result, Best Western hotels do everything from having in-room recycle bins and linen re-use programs to geothermal and solar-powered hotels that actually sell power back to the grid.
Every hotel in North America is required to have a green program in place. This could be anything from using recycled paper and installing low-flow shower heads to full participation with national or international eco-labeling programs.
Here are a few examples of how Best Western hotels are going green:
Best Western's corporate offices have made a concerted effort to reduce, reuse and recycle. In fact, our Beardsley Operations Center in Phoenix recently earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prestigious Energy Star, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.
U.S. & CANADA PROGRAMS
Audubon International Green Leaf
Sustainable Travel International
Various state green certification programs
Australia STAR Ratings
Qualmark Green (New Zealand)
Eco-label (Austria, France)
Guia Quatro Rodas (Brazil)
Green Leaf (China)
The Green Key (Foundation Environmental Education, worldwide)
Green Tourism (Great Britain)
Universidad del Caribe (Mexico)
Nordic Eco-label (Norway, Sweden)
Swiss Private Sector Energy Agency
TR Ministry of Culture and Tourism (Turkey)