Westin-Annapolis
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100 Westgate Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
Central Maryland
410-972-4300
www.westinannapolis.com
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We strive to be as green as we can in all departments. We review our data & set goals to reduce waste, water & energy use and increase recycling.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: We meet monthly with a member from each department in attendance. Our mission is to consistently improve and educate our departments on their impact.
bulletSet Annual Goals: We review energy, water, recycling and waste numbers each month, tweaking our practices to constantly improve.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Source local foods. Use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Beehives pollinate a 3 mile radius around the hotel. Annapolis Environmental Stewards Certification. Herb Garden on the roof.
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 effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments - (cream and sugar, etc.) in bulk
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletUse Maryland Green Travel logo or other emblem to indicate organic, local or sustainable menu choices
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
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
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 integrated pest management - IPM
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
Recycling
Bins behind the front desk, bar and in lobby and banquet space, as well as in each guest room.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletOther: We recycle our soap from guest rooms working with the "Global Soap Project"
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
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
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 storm water plan management including:
bulletHave a green roof
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Water Conservation and Efficiency:
bulletGuest Choice program
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 a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
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
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
Energy Efficiency:
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Energy Conservation and Efficiency
bulletWe will shut down entire floors in times of low occupancy.
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
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linen service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics for Laundry and Linen Service:
bulletGuests can choose not to have new towels and linens each day and earn food and beverage credit or "Star points."
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
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
bulletActivities we undertake to make our events green are:"Clutter Free Meetings" - A centralized workspace with pads, pens, glasses, water and mints to conserve energy, water and overall consumption.
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Individuals that can work from home to avoid a commute do as possible. Individuals working back to back shifts often stay at the hotel free of charge.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-eCruisers electric shuttle service
bulletIncreasing the Fuel Efficiency of our Fleet-eCruisers electric shuttle service
Other:
bulletPrograms:tripadvisor Green Leader; Annapolis Environmental Steward
Measurable Results
Where the light bulbs were switched out in the guest rooms, we was over $12,000 in savings per month.