Environmental Leader Membership
The Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce introduces the new Environmental Leader Membership to recognize businesses that are actively involved in sustainable practices.
The Bar Harbor of Chamber of Commerce wants to recognize these businesses and highlight their sustainable practices. The Chamber hopes showcasing these businesses will encourage others to achieve this status, making Bar Harbor a truly sustainable tourism destination.
To be eligible, a business must be a member in good standing with the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce and have proof the business is certified in environmental sustainable practices by one of the approved organizations (see list below). If a business holds a certification from an organization not currently approved, the business can ask for approval from the Sustainable Tourism Committee.
Environmental Leader Member Benefits:
Apply to be an Environmental Leader
Special markers denoting Environmental Leader in printed membership directory listings: Visitors Guide and Relocation & Business Guide
Members will receive a special "Environmental Leader" membership decal to display at their business as well as an electronic version for members to post on their website.
Members at this level will be eligible to win the annual Environmental Leader Award presented at the Chamber's Annual Dinner in October.
The following is a list of organizations that provide certifications that have been deemed acceptable by the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce Sustainable Tourism Committee.
Other organizations not currently approved may be submitted for the Sustainable Tourism Committee to evaluate.
Our sustainability standards for products, services, and companies are based on life cycle research and are developed in an open, transparent, and stakeholder-involved process. Green Seal standards provide criteria and guidelines for manufacturers, service providers, and companies to work toward sustainability and Green Seal certification. Green Seal has 30 issued standards that cover over 327 product and service categories.
sustainable travel international
Sustainable Travel International (STI) is a global leader in sustainable tourism development.
Green Leaf – Audubon International
This program provides the assurance that audited lodging facilities have met environmental best practice standards that are required for a rating of one to five.
maine green certification (environmental leader)
The Environmental Leader program is a self-guided process offered by Maine DEP as part of its Pollution Prevention program that encourages lodging facilities, restaurants and grocers to implement selected initiatives from those offered in the department developed workbook to achieve points toward certification.
Members that wish to apply for one of the above certifications can apply for a grant from the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce's Sustainable Tourism Fund. The grants will be given out on a first come first served basis until the fund is no longer available. The grant is to help businesses pay for the initial evaluation and certification costs involved with many of these organizations.