Concerned about Natural Beauty - Hocking County Tourism begins Ambitious Green Tourism Program

The Hocking Hills Green Certified program was launched recently with eight test sites. The program should be ready for businesses throughout the region in 2009. The program takes the best of national and state green tourism programs and adapts them to the Hocking Hills region.

Among the programs that businesses will undertake will be restoring unused land to its native state, composting food and landscape waste, reclaiming and reusing wastewater, landscaping with native plants, organizing staff carpools, reducing light pollution with downward and minimal exterior lighting and educating employees on environmentally friendly practices.

Businesses that meet one of three levels of the program will be able to advertise themselves as Hocking Hills Green Certified. The eight businesses taking part in the test program are Baymont Inn and Suites; Bear's Den Cottage and Lodge; Hocking Hills Canopy Tours; Hocking Hills Travel; Rhapsody Restaurant; the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls; Stuart's Opera House; and Windy Hills Golf Course.