The Wayaj rating system was created to solve some of the issues with green hotel rating systems. The first issue is that rating systems can be very complicated. This makes it difficult for hotels to comply with the rating system and for guests to appreciate it. Our rating system is thorough yet concise. Another issue was that many rating systems were created using subjective or arbitrary guidelines and thresholds without any evidence. This means that many hotels were receiving rating that they shouldn’t have (good or bad). Our rating system was created by a sustainable professional with a background in green buildings. Also, many rating systems require too little or too much verification to confirm their rating. Our rating system was created with this in mind to ensure that hotels have an easy time in submitting their hotel to our community. In addition, our rating system needs to be verified on two ends. The first is with data from the hotel and the second is from the hotel guests.
There are several categories that we determined as the most important when considering which green hotel to book with, community, water, management, energy, purchasing of products, waste, and indoor environment.
In many areas, tourism is a major contributor to economic success. The goal is to drive tourism to low income areas of the world to reduce poverty, increase standard of living, spread the ideas of sustainable development issues to locals and travelers, and expose travelers to local culture and values.
In addition, negative impacts on the community such as traffic and its associated environmental, economic, and societal impacts should be avoided and reduced as much as possible.
Hotels consume water for a variety of reasons including drinking, cleaning, bathing, cooking, waste removal, heating, and cooling. Due to the luxurious nature of hotels, much of this consumption is used for leisure or wasted. Depending on the hotels location, this high-volume consumption can strain, deplete and contaminate the local water system.
The goal of this section is to implement the use of different technologies and programs to reduce water consumption, reuse water when possible, use natural sources of water, and practice sound wastewater treatment.
It is difficult to make progress without proper leadership and planning. Without sustainable management, employees can be mistreated and discriminated against. In addition, managers have the power to make sustainability a requirement for all employees. This makes the coordination and implementation of sustainable practices much easier.
The goal of this section is to provide a safe, healthy, and non-discriminatory work place for all genders, races, religions, social classes, and so on. This section also rewards those that provide sustainability education to its employees.
Energy is one of the most significant contributors to human caused climate change and environmental destruction. Clean, localized energy sources can improve energy reliability, national security, and human and environmental health conditions.
The goal of this credit is to reduce energy consumption as much as possible and use clean, reliable sources for the remaining electrical load.
Hotels need a constant in flow of materials in order to meet the needs and demands of guests in the overall operation of the hotel. These products are often purchased from distant locations, which contributes to transportation related air emissions. In addition, many products are created from unsustainable supply chains.
The goal of this section is to promote the use of locally manufactured products and to purchase materials that have a sustainably sourced supply chain.
Hotels produce a lot of waste over their lifetime. Each day, products are consumed and sent to landfills and incinerators, both of which can have human and environmental health issues. In addition, the extraction of raw materials can lead to resource depletion. If materials were used for efficiently, recycled, reused, and composted, these issues can be largely resolved.
The goal of this section is to practice sound waste management techniques in order to cut down on the need for new materials and waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
Humans spend a significant portion of their day indoors. If the indoor area has poor quality, it could lead to a declination of health, satisfaction, and well-being.
The goal of this section is to promote the quality and management of the indoor environment in order to provide high guest satisfaction, health, and well-being.