Hotel Management Asia recently published a list supplied by Pineapple Hospitality we found really interesting and useful if you aim to make your hotel a greener one.
1. Programmable and digital control of your HVAC systems: Use electronic thermostats in guestrooms with pre-set settings to minimize energy consumption.
2. Key Card Energy Management System turn off lights when guests are not in room.
3. A linen and towel reuse program is a must.
4. Consider either Organic Cotton Linens or Linens made with Tencel+Plus™
5. Ozone laundry systems reduce the Water, Energy and Chemicals used by the wash.
6. Advance Laundry Solutions also has new drying technology that reduces energy consumption by up to 90%, yet requires no vent and extends textile life.
7. In-room recycling.
8. Recycling containers in all public areas.
9. Use compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs and energy-saving lighting fixtures
10. Install motion sensor-activated lights in areas that are infrequently used.
11. Use natural light as much as possible in common areas, restaurants and meeting rooms. Consider changing window coverings or installing skylights to improve to reduce artificial lighting.
12. “Green roofs” create energy savings by acting as super insulators, keeping buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They also serve as a storm water management systems, catching pollutants as they drain off the roofs.
13. If not plants, how about installing solar panels on your roof?
14. Improve window and door seals. You will save on heating and cooling costs, reduce noise levels and decrease dust circulation.
15. Improve air quality by circulating outside air into guestrooms.
16. Identify something that is being discarded and find re-use for that item – such as reusing old tablecloths to make napkins.
17. Turn off all lighting/equipment/computers when not in use.
18. Make guest registration paperless.
19. Scan and email instead of fax.
20. When you do need to print, use recycled paper, soy-based inks and print double-sided.
21. Biodegradable 100% recycled room keys.
22. Use biodegradable and all-natural bathroom amenities, such as soaps, lotions, shampoos and conditioners.
23. Use bathroom amenity dispensers rather than individually packaged amenities.
24. Buy amenities, food and cleaning products in bulk to reduce waste and transportation costs.
25. 1.6 gallon per flush toilets installed in all rooms and guest areas.
26. Low-flow faucet aerators installed throughout the building and in all guestrooms.
27. Use of environmentally friendly (low VOC) paints.
28. Check with your pest management company to ensure use of integrated pest management (IPM) products and policies that are environmentally friendly and reduce the use of chemicals.
29. Use groundcover and drought-resistant plants to reduce amount of mow-able grass on your properties.
30. Go Smoke-Free!
31. Serve meals buffet style to reduce packaging and waste.
32. Use electric buffet warmers rather than canned fuels.
33. Serve water by each guest’s request rather than pre-pouring.
34. Stop using plastic water bottles.
35. Offer guests bicycles for short trips instead of driving.
36. Consider hybrid or electric vehicles for your fleet.
37. Used recycled rubber for the cardio room floor, or recycled tiles for pool floors.
38. Upcycle or recycle items you no longer need or use for their original purpose – such as in-room furnishings.
39. Give leftover food and/or amenities to charities.
40. Plant a garden and harvest organically-grown vegetables for your restaurant.