Popular Hotels Begin Sustainability Initiative

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One of the largest hotel management companies in the U.S., Crestline Hotels and Resorts, recently announced an expansive sustainability initiative to be implemented at all 70 of its hotels, resorts and conference centers.

The company manages reputable hotel properties across the country, such as Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Wyndham hotels.

EarthPact is a comprehensive program that addresses sustainability across key areas, including:

  • Administration
  • Food and Beverage
  • Facility Management
  • Conferences and Meetings
  • Owner Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Rooms Operations

The program works to provide a comprehensive operations guide for each property, and 100 percent participation across its facilities is anticipated by 2009. “EarthPact uniquely accomplishes this objective by incorporating a rating scale and enabling hotels to work towards excellence in sustainability throughout the property’s operations,” said Dave Durbin, president and CEO of Crestline Hotels and Resorts.

Beyond setting a criteria for green meetings, sustainable sales logic and guest relations programs, EarthPact includes an energy management plan to improve performance and limit energy usage. It addresses issues such as interior and exterior lighting; HVAC and domestic hot water systems; laundry and kitchen equipment and sauna, pool and exercise areas.

The Westin at Virginia Beach is one of the hotels expected to adopt the EarthPact program this year.

The Westin at Virginia Beach is one of the hotels expected to adopt the EarthPact program this year.

A Green HQ

In addition to the EarthPact initiative, Crestline has worked to create a earth-friendly headquarters in Fairfax, VA.

“First and foremost,” explained Durbin, “the new campus is in a location that has immediate access to public transportation and also provides alternative modes of transportation for employee commuting such as on-site storage locations for bicycles and shower facilities for those who bike or walk to work. And for those who do drive, carpooling is encouraged including priority carpool parking spaces in the garage.”

The new corporate offices also follow sustainable guidelines for water conservation, energy efficient lighting, windows featuring automatic shades and film to reduce heat and Energy Star® appliances.

Sustainable construction practices were in place while the office was built, such as an onsite management process to recycle construction waste. Additionally, materials like high-recycled content drywall and acoustic ceiling tiles were used. Decorative materials were chosen from naturally renewable resources such as bamboo, regional materials were used wherever possible, and carpeting, paints and adhesives were selected for their low emissions.

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