Sheraton-Columbia Town Center Hotel
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10207 Wincopin Cir
Columbia, MD 21044
Central Maryland
410-730-3900, ext 1400
www.sheratoncolumbia.com
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: Our Green Team is comprised of Senior management, Mid-Level management and line level associates. We meet on a quarterly basis. We are committed to implementing green initiatives that benefit the environment, our guests, and associates.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Through Starwood's Sustainibility reporting tools we are able to measure utility consumption, waste generation and recycling. We can see on a quarterly or annual basis if our goals are being met.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
Guest Rooms
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletUse an effective food inventory control to minimize waste
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
Buildings and Grounds
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletRe-use paint thinners
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA-RCRA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles
Recycling
We have incorporated recycling bins in all of our sleeping rooms and all of our meeting rooms.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletmetering
bulletrain gauges
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Have an effective storm water plan management including:
bulletMaintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
Lighting:
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
Heating and Cooling
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave installed programmable thermostats for each room
Energy Efficiency:
bulletPurchased ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletCalculate the pollution factor of our energy usage by using a pollution calculator
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain house cleaners on the process for optional linen service
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletIncreasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet-Increasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet VehiclesWe use an onboard tracking system to ensure that excessive acceleration or idling is not happening with our shuttle van.
Measurable Results
By adding single stream recycling into our waste disposal program, in 2010 we diverted 28 tons of recyclable material from the landfill.