Providence Waterway

Green Tourism

Rhode Island, the Ocean State, is known for its miles of beautiful coastline and pristine natural resources. Ranked as one of the Top 10 Greenest States by Forbes magazine, RI's hospitality and tourism industry is now on the forefront of preserving those resources.

The PWCVB in conjunction with the Rhode Island Hospitality Association, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and statewide hospitality and tourism organizations have created the Rhode Island Hospitality Green Certification Program.

This innovative self-certification program assists hospitality and tourism businesses with attaining green performance standards, focusing on energy and water conservation, waste minimization and recycling, and sustainable operating and purchasing practices. Participants are required to complete a workbook measuring their current business practices, and qualifying partners receive Green Hospitality Certification.

Training and education are at the core of this initiative, and provide our industry partners with the resources to achieve this certification.

This program has been nationally recognized, receiving a Travel Industry Association NCDO Destiny Award and an Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Merit Award.