Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is changing its rooftop landscape by adding six wind turbines to the 25-story, all-suite resort located just feet from the Atlantic Ocean. The 374-suite resort has been committed to saving energy since opening in 2007, and was the first hotel in Fort Lauderdale Beach to be awarded a Florida Green Lodging designation. Installing wind turbines is a continuation of the hotel’s commitment to going above and beyond environmental regulations and voluntarily implementing hotel conservation programs.
The introduction of a sophisticated waste management system resulted in a 70 percent reduction in waste volume sent to a landfill. Other initiatives include converting approximately 4 tons of waste monthly to biogas production; sending residue to agricultural fields; recycling more than a ton of cardboard weekly; giving candle stumps to a church for new use; recycling worn-out equipment and furniture and using 100 percent biodegradable waste bags. Also, when rooms are renovated, the décor is replaced with recyclable materials.
The Hilton Atlanta is the most active participant in soap recycling with the Global Soap Project. This partnership allows the hotel to donate partially used bars of soap to be recycled and redistributed to populations at risk of hygiene-related disease. In just six months, the hotel donated almost 2,400 pounds of soap.
The 159-room hotel is the city’s sixth-largest water user, consuming about 800,000 gallons monthly. By switching all of its toilets to low-flow models, the hotel expects to save about 1 million gallons of water per year, while the sink aerators installed in every guest room conserve a gallon-and-a-half per minute. The hotel has lowered its water consumption by 24 percent over the last four years and has set a goal of reducing consumption by 35 percent.
In 2012, the Hilton Sydney retrofitted 3,350 lamps and drivers, saving around 80,000 kWh per month, equivalent to 7 percent of the hotel’s total electricity consumption. It also separates organic waste from general and mixed recycling streams, and recently installed a composting facility to compost bio waste on-property. In total, the hotel recycles over 50 percent of its waste and achieves a 68 percent landfill diversion rate. As a result, the hotel avoids the release of over 150 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
As one of the largest hotel companies in the world, we have a vested interest in operating efficiently. Water, energy, food, commodities and waste requirements impact the economics of everything we do. For this reason, Living Sustainably is a business imperative and a cornerstone of our Travel with Purpose™ commitment. In 2009, we developed sustainability goals to reduce energy consumption, carbon and waste output by 20 percent, and water use by 10 percent, by the end of 2013. In fact, we have already achieved our waste and water reduction goals ahead of schedule.
Though there is ample business rationale for making sustainability a business priority, there also are business realities that can create challenges. A major consideration for us is the variety of properties that operate within our portfolio. Our properties range from resort properties operating within some of the world’s most unique ecosystems to hotels with more than 1,000 rooms in the largest cities in the world. Further, with more than 4,000 hotels in 90 countries, we operate in a wide range of climates around the world. As a result, our global sustainability strategy must be flexible enough to be applied across a wide span of variables.
To help us address sustainability issues against this backdrop, we have elevated sustainability as a performance metric and a brand standard across all of our hotels, raising it to the same level of importance as quality, service and revenue. To support our sustainability goals, we created LightStay™, our proprietary system to measure, analyze and report on sustainability data.
Our approach to sustainability management involves a variety of stakeholders across our company. Led by our sustainability team, it is supported by our supply management group that procures products and services used throughout our hotels, our engineering and operations teams that support regional and global operations, and our hundreds of thousands of Team Members who drive performance at hotels. As a result, these teams support sustainability performance at the local, national and regional levels through a combination of property-level projects that enhance efficiency and regional partnerships or initiatives that are designed to improve efficiency across the portfolio.
We set four 5-year sustainability goals in 2009. Already, we have achieved our waste and water goals ahead of schedule, and are making progress towards our other goals.
*Results for 2,263 Hilton Worldwide properties using LightStay (estimated savings adjusted for weather and occupancy against the 2008 baseline). Results are third-party audited and approved.