肯薩斯市至少已經有一家綠色旅館了，今年很有歷史的Quarterage旅館已經全部重新裝潢，使用了國家認證的生態計畫，改名為Q Hotel + Spa。
The Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association has developed a program to certify hotels and other lodging establishments that use sustainable and green business practices. The Certified Green program and its website, will launch on January 1, 2009.
Missouri's Green Lodging Certification is a pilot project of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources that will be conducted in cooperation with the association to recognize those lodgings that go beyond existing state and federal regulations to insure that their operations have a minimal environmental impact on their local communities.
"The association's holistic approach to a broad range of environmental issues is a model which can be used by other segments of our economy," DNR Director Doyle Childers said in a statement Monday.
The program will look at energy conservation, water conservation, waste minimization and recycling, landscaping and maintenance, air emissions, and housekeeping practices at establishments that apply for certification.
Each participating lodging business completes an on-line application providing information about its operation.
Program staff will review answers and calculate the facility's score. Those attaining a score of 100 or above will be certified.
Existing environmental auditors from the DNR's regional offices will make pre-arranged on-site visits to confirm specific aspects of the original self certification.
During the ensuing two years, each facility will be required to attain a score of 130 points in order for the certification to be extended for another two years.
Certified establishments will receive a plaque from the association, use of the Certified Green logo for printed and online materials, and listing on the association's website as a DNR-certified property.
The Missouri Hotel and Lodging Association is providing a special benefit and marketing program to their members who achieve a state certification.
The association's executive director Ramona Mormann said, "Reducing water usage and improving energy efficiency are both highly effective ways to lower utility bills. Minimizing hazardous chemicals protects the health and safety of staff and creates a more comfortable and inviting atmosphere for visitors. And, of course, with so many visiting our state to boat or fish on our clean, pure rivers or lakes, or for a day of culture and sight-seeing in one of our metropolitan areas, any investment that makes our water cleaner and our air healthier is also an investment in our economy."
Authorization for the pilot program is contained in a Executive Order issued November 13, 2008 by Governor Matt Blunt that emphasizes the importance of Missouri's $14 billion annual tourist industry to the state's economy.
"Increasingly, travelers prefer to support local businesses that can document a commitment to environmental protection," the governor stated in his Order.
Kansas City already has at least one green hotel. This year, the historic Quarterage Hotel has completed a total renovation and transformation into the Q Hotel + Spa by using a nationally recognized eco-plan.
Some of the green features include in-room recycling, Green Seal approved cleaning products, energy efficient water and electrical devices, a hybrid shuttle vehicle and the availability of guest bicycles.