Take the Lead with LEED: Pest Management Practices for LEED Certification

By Frank Meek International Technical & Training Director, Orkin, LLC | April 24, 2011

Open all year long – 24 hours a day, seven days a week – your hotel property uses huge amounts of products and resources to ensure all guest needs are met. Given this reality, it's easy to see why guests might be concerned about your hotel's environmental footprint.

In fact, research shows that consumers are increasingly considering sustainability factors when selecting accommodations. TripAdvisor, the world's largest online travel community, published results from an April 2009 ecotourism survey that showed 76 percent of travelers sometimes incorporate green choices in their travel plans and 27 percent of respondents intentionally made environmentally-friendly travel choices in the past year. In response to these trends, more and more hotels are seeking LEED certification for their hotel properties.

Defining LEED

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which is a widely recognized third-party certification program and a nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings promoted by the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED gives building operators comprehensive tools and information to help them improve their buildings' environmental performance.

What hoteliers may not know is that pest management is one aspect of the LEED Rating System that is fairly easy to implement within existing hotel operations and maintenance procedures. By reviewing the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance Rating System requirements that relate to pest control, you can learn about Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and the specific practices you must follow to help your hotel earn LEED certification.

IPM Supports Green Hotel Operations and Maintenance

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