I just posted an article last evening on Green Lodging News that details how Florida's state government, as part of it budgeting process for the coming year, is considering cutting four full-time and two part-time employees from the Florida Green Lodging Program—almost the entire staff. The program has been the fastest growing state green lodging program in the United States for quite some time. In fact, there are now almost 900 properties that have been designated as members of the program or that are in some stage of the application process. If the cuts remain in the budget (they may not), the program would fall on the desk of just one full-time employee (I can hear the THUD now.)
How could one employee effectively handle a statewide green lodging program? It would not be easy. If the program were reduced to one person, it would lose its on-site inspection component and properties would have to self-certify themselves. Would hotel owners cut corners if they knew their properties were not going to have to undergo an on-site inspection? Perhaps. Inevitably, what would happen for sure is that the program's momentum would slow, it would take longer to field property inquiries, and ultimately environmental impact would not be reduced as much.
Let's hope Florida's Governor Charlie Christ leaves Florida's Green Lodging Program alone. It is one of the best things going in the entire lodging industry.