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Pioneering Sustainable Design: The Green Key Global Certification Program

On September 19th, 2023, in a historic move towards sustainable hospitality, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) proudly announced its partnership with the Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) during the Lodging Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. This collaboration will be responsible for overseeing and managing the Green Key Global certification program across both Canada and the United States, marking a transformative initiative set to redefine the landscape of eco-conscious Interior Design in the hospitality industry.

What is Green Key Global Certification?

Formed in 1994 in Denmark by the Association of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Industry (HORESTA), Green Key Global is an international eco-certification that validates hotels and venues across 20 nations. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, this industry-led organization boasts a membership of more than 1,800 facilities. The certification process operates on a self-reporting basis, and participating establishments are awarded a certification ranging from one to five keys.

The program is designed to recognize and reward environmentally conscious hospitality venues for their commitment to sustainable practices. Developed by the Hotel Association of Canada, this accreditation evaluates various aspects of a project's operations, including energy conservation, land use, water efficiency, waste management, and community involvement.

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Impacts on the World of Interior Design:

1. Innovative Design Solutions

The Green Key Global certification program encourages hotels to adopt innovative design solutions that prioritize sustainability. From energy-efficient lighting to eco-friendly furniture and materials, certified hotels will set new standards for green design practices.

2. Reduced Environmental Footprint

Interior designers working with hotels seeking Green Key Global certification will focus on minimizing the environmental impact of their projects. This includes sourcing materials responsibly, opting for energy-efficient appliances, and integrating design elements that promote resource conservation.

3. Guest Experience Enhancement

Sustainable interior design not only benefits the environment but also enhances the overall guest experience. From aesthetically pleasing decor made from recycled materials to rooms designed for optimal energy efficiency, Green Key Global-certified hotels will offer guests a unique and eco-friendly stay.

4. Alignment with Global Trends

As the world increasingly leans towards eco-conscious practices, Interior Designers in collaboration with hotels seeking Green Key Global certification will be at the forefront of a global trend. This alignment with sustainability trends positions hotels as responsible corporate citizens and attracts environmentally conscious travelers.

5. Market Differentiation:

Green Key Global certification sets certified hotels apart in a competitive market. Interior design will play a crucial role in creating visually appealing and sustainable spaces. This not only appeals to guests but also contributes to the hotel's brand image.


Overall, the AHLA's partnership with HAC to oversee the Green Key Global certification program represents a significant step towards fostering sustainability within the hospitality industry. This collaboration not only benefits the environment but also positions certified hotels as leaders in the evolving landscape of responsible and innovative design.

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