The Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Assocation (MBBA) become the first state wide lodging association to develop a green certification program. Entitled. Green Journey the program recognizes member Inns who are making a commitment to be good environmental stewards.
Inns participating in the “Green Journey Program” are on a journey to decrease their environmental footprint and operate their businesses in a socially responsible manner. Participants realize that being environmental and socially responsible, is the right thing to do, good for the environment and the community. Members of MBBA’s Green Committee, which developed this program, do not see reaching a fix goal but rather a journey whereby each year participants seek to advance their environmental level of achievements.
Under this program Bed and Breakfasts are awarded up to five Green Leaves and one additional green plus symbols (+) based upon their level of participation. Five green leaves and a green + represent the highest level of green achievement.
Many Green Journey inns have also been recognized as a green-friendly-sustainable businesses by “Green Routes,” a Minnesota based independent non-profit authentic travel self-certification program. Green Journey Inns so recognized also display the Green Routes logo.
Currently over half of the hundred and four MBBA member inns are enrolled in the Green Journey program.