Green Hospitality

Going green is the one of the big trends in hospitality industry. When April 22, the 40th Earth Day, is around the corner, three students in my Hotel and Resort Operations class presented a topic on green hotel concept in class. They showed us numerous green practices of Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in LA and Orchard Garden Hotel in San Francisco. Here are some examples:

· Using organic bath products and sustainable amenities;
· Adopting an energy control system;
· Promoting “reusing towels program” to guests;
· Using energy-efficient appliances;
· Recycling;
· Separating food waste to produce organic fertilizer;
· Using recycled materials in constructions;
· …

These two hotels benefit from these green practices by saving operation costs and gaining marketing advantages. When hotel chains follow this trend (many of them do), green practices will bring more impacts to the environment. For example, Hilton introduced a LightStay system in 2009 to assist properties in calculating and analyzing their environmental impacts. The system had helped 1,300 Hilton hotels “reduce energy by 5%, carbon output by 6%, waste output by 10%, and water use by 2.4% in 2009.”

What are the going-green practices in your organizations? What are the benefits you have seen?

Some websites about “going-green” include:
U.S. Green Building Council: http://www.usgbc.org/
Green Building Certification Institute: http://www.gbci.org/homepage.aspx
Green Guidelines by AH&LA: http://www.ahla.com/green.aspx
Green Seal: http://www.greenseal.org/index.cfm

References:
Memphis Business Journal: http://tinyurl.com/linchikwok04212010
Pictures were copied from: http://tinyurl.com/linchikwok04212010P (A Green Hilton Hotel in Bariloche)

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