Sustainability is a brand standard for Hilton Garden Inn hotels. It is our culture to conserve and to preserve as an individual, a hotel, and a brand. We hold these standards for our employees, as well as new technologies, to better serve our guests and the environment.
Management and Leadership
Environment Policy Statement
- Environmental Team: General Manager, Director of Sales, Front Desk Manager, Director of Maintenance and Director of Housekeeping. Sustainability is on the weekly manager's agenda. We review our commitment, our policies and our goals.
- Set Annual Goals: Hilton has provided a detailed roadmap as a brand. We are a part of Hilton's Light Stay program and is part of our complete hotel culture.
- Environmentally Preferable Procurement or Purchasing Policy: Environmentally friendly lighting, washing products, cleaning products.
- Environmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Hilton's Light Stay initiative - detailed sustainability guidelines and structures are followed daily.
Recycling and Waste Reduction
- Recycling Best Practices:
- Aluminum Cans
- Steel Cans
- Office Paper
- Fluorescent Lamps
- Guests are provided the opportunity to Recycle: Recycle bins in common areas, business center, and vending areas.
- Waste Reduction Best Practices:
- Track overall waste bills
- Instruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
- Use real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
- Recycle fryer grease
- Filter grease prior to recycling
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods
- Do not use polystyrene coffee cups
- When disposable containers are used, they are made from bio-based materials, recycled content
- and/or compostable material
- Provide condiments, cream and sugar, etc. in bulk
- Use water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
- Use menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
- Use MGT logo or other emblem to indicate organic
- local or sustainable menu choices
- Use screen-based ordering systems
- Use bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
- Purchase recycled-content paper-towels and toilet paper
- Using 'green' cleaning chemicals that are dispensed in bulk
- Make 2-sided copies / printed materials
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
- Purchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
- Use electronic correspondence and forms
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture
- Properly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
- Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction: The Hilton Light Stay program is a comprehensive initiative dealing with sustainability and best practices designed for conservation and preservation.
Linen and Laundry Service:
- Provide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
- Train house cleaners on process for optional linen service
- Purchase water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
- Use linens service providers that employ 'wet' versus 'dry' cleaning
- Wash ONLY towels that are requested washed by guests. Three different conservation requests are posted in each of our 130 guest rooms.
- Have a plan in place to reduce property water usage
- Have a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
- Track overall water usage and wastewater
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
- Use water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
- Have: high efficiency dishwashers
- low flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
- low flow toilets
- waterless urinals
- composting toilets
- automatic faucets or toilets in public restrooms.
- Discourage water-based cleanup, i.e. like sweep first, and use microfiber technology mops
- Have a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
- Track overall energy bills
- Have had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
- Have a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
- Have an 'energy management system' in place to track and meter energy usage
- High efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in all rooms and in canned lighting
- LED Exit Signs
- Ceiling fans
- Lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
- Occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
- Designed use of natural lighting
- Purchase of ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc.
- Purchase 'Green Tags' or 'Renewable Energy Certificates' to support new renewable energy resources
- Property is using the LEED-rating system
Green Conferences and Events:
- Support planners who want to hold Green Meetings & Conferences
- Train all conference and event planners on green conference techniques
- Staff frequently car-pools with fellow employees
- Local shuttle is used when there are multiple guests going to the same venue
- We have no fleet vehicles, but we are the only hotel in our county with electric charging stations (2)
- Our hotel was completed in 2010 and used the most recent Green Building standards
All lights in the common areas and guest rooms have been equipped with LED energy saving bulbs. We anticipate a yearly savings of between $1200 and $1800.