Major Hotels Decide to Go Green

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on August 14, 2009

Hilton Hotels Corp., Wyndham Worldwide and Marriott International have decided to join the recent global trend of going green, as they seek to reduce waste in their headquarters.  The three hotel giants hope to revitalize their image, save some money, and do some good for the environment in the process.  A recent downturn in the industry, linked to the global recession, has companies looking for any way to reduce waste.

President and CEO of Hilton, Christopher Nassetta stated, “The opening of our new global headquarters marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter in our company’s rich history.”  The new global headquarters will use 40 percent less water by using captured and recycled rainwater.

Wyndham predicts similar results from its new home office, which will use up to 30 percent less water and will also use building materials aimed at maximizing heating and cooling of the complex.  The company will also be urging its employees to drive less by offering amenities like in house gyms which aim to help employees avoid unnecessary driving.

Not to be outdone, Marriott is getting in on the action by shifting to an entirely biodegradable cafeteria, and adding energy efficient light bulbs which the company predicts will offer hundreds of thousands of dollars in yearly electricity savings.

Thanks to Reuters for the above quote.  For the complete article, please visit their website.

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