Snowdonia represents a significant number of natural wonders, including its own Snowdon Lily and other environmental assets that make it popular among nature enthusiasts. In an effort to protect these interests, the park has long been involved in the international Green Key Initiative. That initiative makes sure that parks, and their visitors, adhere to certain guidelines that promote eco-friendly living and green habits all year long.

A Program with International Scope
Founded in Denmark in 1994, the Green Key Initiative was originally conceived as a way to rate hotels in terms of their eco-friendly products, services, and initiatives. In 1998, France joined the program and began using its name to label campsites and natural areas as eco-friendly areas. Some time later, in 2002, the Green Key Initiative became the fifth part of the Foundation for Environmental Education, giving it a wider international reach.

Today, the organization partners with national parks, campsites, and hotels, in Europe, Asia, and Africa, rating their habits in terms of how they fight against global climate change and waste.

GreenKey_logoHow the Green Key is Decided
Whether or not a particular natural area or hotel gets access to the so-called “Green Key” is determined based on a few key factors. Representatives of the organization consider a facility’s waste, energy use, water treatment, guest awareness of eco-friendly practices, staff management and training, chemical use, food and beverage brands, and the availability of open spaces, to be crucial determining factors.

Because this bar is set pretty high, the “Green Key” seal of approval is one of the hardest to obtain and one of the most reputable awards to be shown off to guests as they enter or book a facility.