Sheraton SU's Green Initiatives and LED Light Bulbs

On Wednesday, the Hotel & Resort Operations class and I toured the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center on campus. We met with eight executives and learned from their own words about how they lead their divisions to meet the departmental and organizational goals.

One of the commitments this hotel makes is to maintain its leading position in guest satisfaction and green initiatives. Over the years, the hotel has already lowered its energy consumption by 30 to 35 percents after installing the energy management system; it also cuts waste from 36 tons/month to 14-16 tons/month (the ultimate goal is to lower the number to around 10 tons/month). In addition, the hotel plans to replace the existing light bulbs with LED light bulbs, which will probably take the hotel’s green commitment to the next level.

Why do LED light bulbs seem so important in this case? As suggested in the embedded CNN News video, LED light bulbs is 10 times more efficient than the traditional incandescent light bulbs and can last for decades. The City of Los Angeles started using LED light bulbs for street lights since 2008 and has made substantial savings (55% reductions). L.A. sets a “green” example of using LED light bulbs. I am glad that the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center is also ahead of most hotels.

As managers, what green initiatives do you take in your hotel? As hotel guests, how much do you value a hotel’s commitment to the environments?

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