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DHEC's Green Hospitality Program

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control's (DHEC) Green Hospitality Program is a free, voluntary program designed to:

  1. Help South Carolina’s hospitality industry reduce the environmental impact of its operations and incorporate environmental stewardship and sustainability in its business practices
  2. Promote and recognize hotels, restaurants and other hospitality facilities for their environmentally conscious practices.

The program provides technical assistance to help facilities begin or expand green practices such as: waste reduction, recycling and composting; energy and water conservation; green cleaning; and environmentally preferred purchasing.

Green Hospitality Alliance Formed

DHEC also has partnered with the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association to form the S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance. Facilities interested in becoming members of the Alliance must complete a certification process centered on green practices. Hotels, motels and restaurants must be a member of the S.C. Restaurant and Lodging Association to participate. If you are interested, fill out the Association's on-line application or see a printable version.

Schedule a Site Visit

Site visits help determine how your hotel, motel, restaurant or other service facility can best reduce waste, save energy, conserve water, improve air quality, promote sustainable foods and save money.

DHEC’s Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling offers free, non-regulatory and confidential site visits.

For more information or to schedule a visit, e-mail us or call 1-800-768-7348.

Green Hospitality Webinar Series

Learn how your facility can save money and increase your marketability by going green.​ The S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance has brought together hospitality veterans and sustainability experts to share their insight in a series of short webinars. 

Each session focuses on a different sustainability topic specifically for hotels and restaurants including waste reduction, energy and water conservation, sustainable food, green purchasing and more. View all of the recorded webinars on the series webpage​

DHEC's Recycling and Green Hospitality Awards

Each year the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program and Green Hospitality Program recognize Outstanding Waste Reduction and Recycling efforts throughout the state. The State has a 40 percent recycling rate goal to reach by 2020, which can only be achieved if businesses such as the ones recognized recycle and report their progress.

Consult our Best Practice Fact Sheets

These Best Management Practices (BMPs) fact sheets for South Carolina's hospitality industry offer resources and direction to help you "green" your facility. They also are useful when applying for membership with the S.C. Green Hospitality Alliance. The fact sheets are divided into eight environmental categories. Each offers contacts, descriptions and examples.

To view the BMPs click on the title in the chart below. They are PDF files so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print these files.


Air Quality


Conducting a Waste Audit

Setting Up a "Green" Team,
Developing an Environmental Policy

Energy Efficiency

Setting Up a Recycling Program

Environmentally Preferred Purchasing

Sustainable Food

Green Cleaning

Waste Reduction and Reuse

Green Lodging

Water Efficiency

Green Meetings and Catering