Hilton Suites Oceanfront
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3200 N. Baltimore Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
Eastern Shore
410-289-6444
www.oceancityhilton.com
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The Hilton Suites Ocean City Oceanfront is committed to meeting core requirements with the MD Green Program. We will strive to improve our environmental performance over time.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: We meet monthly to discuss all aspects of the community and departments of the hotel to ensure we are on the same page and right track for sustainability.
bulletSet Annual Goals: • Focus upon our key environmental commitments: energy efficiency, CO2 reduction, water efficiency, waste reduction, renewable energy, and sustainable buildings and operations which includes building design & construction, hotel & corporate operations, chemical management, and purchasing • Train all of our staff on our environmental program and empower them to contribute and participate. • Ensure that environmentally friendly initiatives and tactics will impact the guest experience in a positive way • Set targets, measure, benchmark and continually improve our performance • Liaise with our suppliers and business partners to improve their environmental performance • Support environmental initiatives within the local community • Communicate our environmental achievements to our team members and guests • Ongoing review and assessment of our environmental program with annual reporting of progress to management and the Maryland Green Travel program.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: We participate in multiple ACT for Coastal Bays events and community clean ups for Maryland Coastal Bays, Earth and local community out reaches for environmental policy. We participate in the Humane Society aluminium recycling program and the Global Soap Project.
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
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletUse screen-based ordering systems
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletOffer Leave No Trace tips and green travel education to guests
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Retail
bulletSell environmentally friendly products
bulletSell sustainable, organic or local products
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletReuse paint thinners
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletUse Organic Farming Principals
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletTrain staff effectively to use agrochemicals correctly and in proper applications
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
bulletUse natural fertilizers instead of synthetics
bulletUse composted production materials for fertilizer
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletWe participate in the global soap project and have converted vehicles in our company to run on vegetable oil and grease that is collected from the restaurant.
Recycling
Recycling is done on site with local efforts, collected in the restaurants and pool decks.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletFood Composting
bulletFood Wastes
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletWe recycle through the Humane Society and Stapled for office supplies.
bulletOur property is located in an area where a comprehensive recycling program is not available and have developed a written explanation of the recycling opportunities that are provided
We are not able to recyle certain items:
bulletOur city does not have a recycling program for general pick up of all recyclable materials.
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
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletDefrost foods ahead of time in refrigerators to avoid the need for running-water defrost
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
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
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
Kitchen
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:Garage and outdoor lighting
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave programmable thermostats for each room and ensure they are properly adjusted
bulletHave a centrally controlled HVAC system that is activated only when occupied
bulletHave key-entry activated lighting and energy controls
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain staff on the process for optional linen service
bulletHave signage in each room explaining the linen reuse procedures
bulletTrack optional linen participation rate
bulletHave water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
Recycle Grease
We use the following best management practices:
bulletFilter the grease to prolong its life
bulletUse our grease to make bio-diesel
Our grease recycling vendor is:
bulletWe recycle in house.
Minimize Disposable Food Service Items
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse recyclable foodservice items and actively recycle them
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse ideas set forth in Maryland Green Travel's Checklist for Planning Green Events
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletInclude information on Green Events / Weddings / Meetings / Conferences in our marketing materials
bulletTrain all event planner staff on green event techniques
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
bulletUse electronic registration, correspondence and forms
bulletUse double-sided printing and copying
bulletUse recycled content paper and soy based ink
bulletUse green signage at the event
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-We employee those living close and in our immediate area.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-Offering bus options and those who are able to car pool.
bulletIncreasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet-We are bio diesel for a majority of the vehicles.
For guests:
bulletEncourage energy efficient vehicle usage
bulletEducate guests on the availability of mass transit
Measurable Results
By converting garage and out door lighting to LED, 9,832 kWh (80%) of electricity was saved in 2013.