Green Key Eco-Rating Program

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a graduated rating system designed to recognize hotels, motels and resorts that are committed to improving their environmental and fiscal performance.

Based on the results of a comprehensive environmental self-assessment, lodging facilities are awarded a rating from 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys being the highest attainable.  In support of their efforts towards becoming a cutting-edge green lodging property, members are provided with guidance on how to “unlock” opportunities for reductions in utility consumption, waste, emissions, and operating costs. Additional recommendations are also outlined for employee training, staff and customer engagement, supply chain management, community involvement and more.

Green Key & Transition

Transition Town is encouraging hotels in the area to register for the green key initiative. With the high number of tourists visiting the area, it is very important that these hotels begin to comply with environmental initiatives in order to reduce our combined impact on our environment.

Registering is only the beginning, yet at least show’s some willingness towards becoming a steward for our local environment and beyond.


Despite the numerous hotels in the area, only three are registered with Green Key:

  • The Wikaninnish Inn – 5 keys
  • Pacific Sands Beach Resort – 3 Keys
  • Best Western Tin Wis Resort – 3 keys


Ucluelet has one resort registered with Green Key:

  • Black Rock Resort – 4 Keys

Environmental Practices

At Transition, we understand that registering for the Green Key initiative is not the only way to showcase a hotels’ commitment to environmental responsibility and we recognize that other businesses are doing many things towards reducing their carbon footprint on our delicate eco-system.

If you are the owner of manager of a local hotel and would like to talk to transition town initiative about your environmental activities, please connect with us.

This article will be updated as time progresses with further information as hotels begin to register with the Green Key Initiative.

Read more about the Green Key Initiative