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Wyndham Green Certification

Our Commitment to Staying Green

Wyndham Vacation Resorts understands that our business activities impact the earth and its resources. Therefore, as a company we pledge to continue our efforts to conserve resources, preserve natural habitats and prevent pollution. Our resorts are currently aiming to achieve one of the following four (4) certification levels: Basic, Advanced-Silver, Advanced-Gold, Advanced-Crystal by completing the following requirements:

Basic Green Certification

All items below are required of each resort.

Green paper products that meet minimum EPA post-consumer content requirementsResort to use green facial tissue, bath tissue and paper towels.
Green in-unit dish packs, dish liquid and laundry detergentResort to use dish detergent that is biodegradable and does not contain chlorine bleach. Laundry detergents to be concentrated biodegradable, non-toxic and contain no phosphates.
Commercial, back of house, front of house and administrative office recyclingResort to develop a recycling program for all administrative areas, when available locally.
Organization of an active resort “Green Team”Resort to have a specialized Green Team focused on communication with a greening purpose.
Fluorescent bulbs and batteries are properly recycled at the end of their useful lives.Resort to participate in a fluorescent bulb and drycell battery disposal program.
Basic water conservation practices are in placeResort landscaping and lawn irrigation systems to be activated during the hours of 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. to minimize evaporation.
Green cleaning chemicals are being used for unit cleaning and common areasResort to use all-purpose and general purpose cleaners, degreasers and glass cleaners that are environmentally friendly.
Elimination of bottled waterResort to switch from bottled water to filtered water for employee use.
Common area recycling available to guestsResort to develop a recycling program for guest usage, when available locally.
Unit CFL quick start bulbs (subject to fixture adaptability)Resort to change to compact fluorescent bulbs in all areas of the resort (indoor and outdoor).
Low-flow showerheads and faucet aeratorsResort to change to low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators.
Green Office PracticesResort to maximize the use of paper, to include double-sided printing.
Refreshment StationsResort to use coffee cups and plates with a minimum of 10% recycled content.
In-Unit Recycle ProgramResort to provide standardized in-unit recycle bag or bin for owner/guest recycling.
Exterior Water Saving SensorsResort to use precipitation sensors on landscape irrigation systems to prevent overwatering during rainy conditions.
Motion-Sensitive LightingResort to have motion-sensitive lighting controllers in all public and associate restrooms and break rooms.
Sustainability 101 TrainingResort associates will take Sustainability 101 online training.
CFC refrigerant recycling programResort will not use chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) that cause ozone depletion such as refrigerants and aerosols. Existing CFC’s are recovered, recycled and disposed of.
All public and employee restrooms and storage areas equipped with motion-sensitive lighting controllersResort to install motion-sensitive lighting controllers in all public and employee restrooms, and in 100% of storage areas.
Energy management systemsResort to use programmable thermostat sensors for living quarters or office areas.
Energy and water usage trackingResort to track consumption of energy and water usage throughout property.
Energy efficient vending machinesResort to use energy conserving devices on vending machines
Toner and cartridge recyclingResort to participate in toner and cartridge recycling program.

Advanced Green Certification

All items below are not mandatory, however, resorts that meet these standards earn points toward an Advanced Green Certification.

Energy Star appliances or tankless water heaters in the unitsResort to use appliances that are EPA Energy Star compliant or Green Seal certified.
Exterior water saving sensorsResort to have precipitation sensors in place on irrigation or sprinkler systems to prevent overwatering.
Community based environmental causes for at least 1 event during the year.Each resort must participate in one environmental cause each year.
Green Carpet CleaningCarpet cleaning chemicals should contain no phosphates or known carcinogens and be biodegradable.
Green laundry systemsResort to operate a “green” laundry system to include energy use, water use, toxicity and VOC of products.
Sustainable Uniform ProgramResort to use Cintas sustainable uniforms for at least one primary article of clothing for at least one major department.
Commercial use of organic products in public areas/groundsResort to use organic compounds or low phosphate fertilizers in the common or landscaped elements of the resort. This includes landscaping and pest control.
Other major projects utilizing alternative energy sourcesResort to use solar, wind, natural gas or other alternative energy source for powering a major resort amenity or element of the resort.
Alternative energy powered vehiclesResorts to use propane, LNG, hybrid or other energy source to power trucks or transportation vans. Existing golf carts do not qualify.
Other Major Projects Not Listed Above of Exceptional MeritResort to use innovative products or practices that involve energy or resource savings.
Low VOC Interior PaintsResort to use low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints in interior areas to help with indoor air quality.
Waterless UrinalsResort to have waterless urinals in 50% or more of the resort’s public and associate restrooms for men.
Water Saving DevicesResort to install approved devices to reduce water consumption by existing toilets.
Natural Pool Agent ConversionResort to use salt or other natural pool agents in lieu of chlorinated chemicals for at least one pool on site.
Covers for Pools and SpaResort to utilize covers for pools and hot tubs at night to reduce chemical and heat loss
Hot Water Heater Replacement ProgramResort to replace in-unit hot water heaters that are older than 2009 within four years.
Motion-Sensitive LightingResort to have motion-sensitive lighting controllers in 100% of back of house storage and mechanical areas.
Energy Star – Wyndham Green Toolbox Energy Efficiency ImprovementsResort to have a minimum targeted goal of a 3% reduction in energy consumption for each resort.
Energy Audit ServicesResort to receive a full energy audit designed to evaluate and improve resort efficiency.
Arbor Day ParticipationResort to collect an average donation of $1 per unit each month for the Arbor Day Foundation.
Wishes by Wyndham Food CollectionResort to collect an average of two pounds of donated food per unit each month for distribution to a local food pantry.
Green Key Certification (Voluntary by Resort)Resort to become a member of the Green Key Program, and submit a Green Key eco-rating self-assessment for review.
Energy University Continuing EducationResort associates to participate in continued energy and conservation training to increase knowledge.