The Catskill Watershed Corporation and HospitalityGreen just announced a joint venture aimed at measuring (and decreasing) the impact of local hotels and B&Bs on the NYC watershed. From HospitalityGreen's press release:
The Green Concierge project is part of New York State’s efforts to promote eco-tourism in the Catskills, as well addressing regional and statewide environmental, economic and industry sector goals. Hospitality Green will provide site visits, assessments, resource tools, and collection assistance for lodging and hospitality facilities in the Catskill watershed in order to institutionalize and quantify “green” practices throughout the region.
...Funding for the “Green Concierge” project is coming from a $74,000 grant from New York State’s economic development agency, Empire State Development Corp., along with $50,000 from the CWC’s Catskill Fund for the Future. Facilities eligible to participate in this project include hotels, inns, bed and breakfast establishments, campgrounds and rental condominiums. Interested facility managers in the five county region should contact Hospitality Green at 845.436.6173.
A press release from the CWC says the program will work with 150 local lodging and tourism businesses over the next three years.