The American Hotel & Lodging Association has announced the “Energy Slasher Challenge” competition. The winners will be the small, medium, and large property with the greatest overall savings April 1, 2010 – April 1, 2011 compared to the previous year. And they are even giving away prizes.

Applause to AH&LA not only for issuing this challenge but also for making available a wonderful Green Resource page, a glossary and even a link to a green guru who can help to answer questions!

It is exciting to see associations like AH&LA (for hotels), IACC (for conference centers), GMIC (for meeting planners) creating friendly competition to initiate real change. Sustainability continues to move into the mainstream–not just because it is the “right thing to do” but because it makes good business sense. Everyone wins!