Starwood Hotels & Resorts

In support of the group’s ongoing efforts to reduce their environmental footprint, a press release circulated earlier this year announced a global partnership between NRG Energy and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide to expand the use of renewable energy systems at all Starwood properties.

The announcement doesn’t come as a huge surprise after the hotel group pledged 3 years ago to make enormous reductions to their energy and water use by the year 2020: “At Starwood, we have established an environmental sustainability goal we call 30/20 by 20, meaning we’re committed to reducing our energy consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by 2020 throughout our global hotel and resort system,” says Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Starwood.

While we’ll have to wait a little while longer to see whether or not Starwood Hotels will be able to reach their ultimate goal of cutting down on water and energy use over the course of the next 7 years, if the success of Westin Mission Golf Resort and Spa in Southern California is any indication of what’s in store, they just might pull it off.

Spotlight on Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort and Spa

My Desert reports that over the course of the last year, Westin Mission Golf Resort and Spa was able to reduce its energy consumption by 14.6% or 1.1 million kilowatt hours. After undergoing an energy audit that helped them outline problem areas, the hotel pumped nearly $1 million into energy-efficient improvements, much of which they saw in return in the form of incentives courtesy of the Lodging Energy Efficiency Program. Incentive payments were based on the number of kilowatt hours saved through changed made by the hotel; in this case, energy savings led to a cheque cashed for $122,373.

Improvements to the property included replacing incandescent light bulbs with LEDs  even in the pool where they switched 45 300-watt pool lights for 90-watt LEDs. Coachella Valley News reports that the hotel also underwent major heating and air conditioning upgrades, installed variable speed drives for the chilled-water and hot water pumps and has incorporated the use of occupancy sensors to accompany their new LED lighting system.

It is estimated that thus far the hotel has achieved a total savings of $150,000 per year, and has no intention of stopping now. Read more about Starwoods Hotel & Resorts and their commitment to sustainability.

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