Going Green? It’s The Right Thing!

More and more hotels are going green ….this does not only help the environment, it reduces operating costs adding value to the asset. The hotel industry has been practicing “green initiatives” since the 1990’s and is saving  the environment  by limiting greenhouse gasses, energy, and water use.   It is amazing that a hotel can decrease its energy consumption by 20-40% without affecting performance by implementing just a few changes.

The hotel industry worldwide is increasingly being regulated for waste, water, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy use.  Being aware of environmental hazards will make the “going green initiative”  a concept that most hotels can do without the consumer evening noticing.   It is estimated that by reusing bath towels and linens, a mid-sized hotel can conserve approximately 6,000 gallons of water and 40 gallons of laundry detergent per month.  That’s 72,000 gallons of water and 480 gallons of laundry detergent per year.

Starwood’s Aloft  brand has initiated using refillable shampoo and body-wash dispensers  at  some properties and is reviewing rolling out this initiative at additional locations. A typical hotel  can dispose of approximately  25,000 to 30,000 plastic shampoo bottles a year.

What are you doing to make our environment greener??  Let me know, and you may be featured in an upcoming blog!