June 28, 2011
Exciting Changes Ahead for Our Environmental Movement With Green Hotels Global
The Westin Copley Place General Manager Michael Jorgensen is happy to announce that they are the first Starwood Hotel in the United States and the first hotel in Boston to join Green Hotels Global, which is an environmental program that requires hotels to disclose their carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage, and waste generation associated with room-night usage and event bookings.
Since 2008, the Westin Copley has worked hard to reduce its carbon footprint. From theseefforts, electricity usage has decreased by 13 percent, gas consumption by 19 percent, and steam usage by a third. The Westin Copley has also saved over 25 million gallons of water, and recycled 130 tons of trash annually.
Green Hotels Global has provided the hotel with a customized tool that calculates accurate environmental metrics on a monthly basis. The Westin Copley believes that this tool will provide a real and measurable effect on environmental metrics like energy usage, carbon emissions, water usage and waste diversion. The Westin Copley also believes that customers will appreciate this commitment to being green and the environmental initiative.
“We are proud to carry the torch for the Green Hotels Global program for Starwood in the United States,” said Jorgensen. “We have made great strides in reducing the hotel’s overall carbon footprint over the past 4 years. We are committed, as a hotel, to doing our part to reduce the impact we have on the environment.”