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Industry Leaders Contribute to Insightful ‘Sustainability in Hotels’ Report

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Glenn Hasek

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) just released a report entitled, “Sustainability in Hotels: Opportunities and Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality.” If you are not familiar with the Urban Land Institute, the nonprofit’s mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. The Global CEO of ULI is W. Edward Walter, former CEO of Host Hotels and Resorts.

The report, published by ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance, contains case studies and is informed by insights from 25 leading hotel owners, developers, and investors, including members of ULI’s Hotel Development Product Council and Recreational Development Council.

The report assesses the state of sustainability in the hotel sector, identifies best practices in energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction; highlights industry trends to watch; and finds solutions for obstacles to sustainability, with a goal of accelerating the market’s move toward a more sustainable and impactful future.

“Hotels pay utilities directly and directly recoup all savings from efficiency improvements, resulting in one of the strongest business cases for sustainability in the commercial real estate industry,” the report says. “In addition, guest satisfaction, city policies (both regulations and incentives), internal sustainability goals, and increasing investor interest drive sustainability improvements in hotels.”

Any Hotel Can Benefit

“Opportunities exist for any hotel to improve efficiency  and sustainability while also achieving significant financial benefits—and this report lays out some ways to do it, including in-room lighting and HVAC retrofits, renewable energy installations, replacement of water fixtures, and on-site composting,” the report adds.

The report begins by addressing the health of the hotel industry, then makes the business case for sustainability. Charts explain how well the industry is doing in the areas of energy and water use intensity and carbon dioxide per occupied room. One chart explains how a one quartile improvement in sustainability can increase annual energy savings and asset value significantly.

ULI Greenprint partnered with the Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) index to present a comprehensive hotel sustainability performance benchmark for this report and each year’s annual Greenprint Performance Report.

Best sustainability practices in the report were collected from conversations with 25 hotel industry stakeholders with strong success achieving sustainable hotel operations. Case studies feature Hersha Hospitality Trust, the Fairmont Washington D.C., Host Hotels & Resorts, Clarion Partners, MGM National Harbor, Grand Hyatt Singapore, and Terranea Resort.

Obstacles to improved operations are addressed and trends such as modular construction, sustainable materials selection and smart guestroom technology are highlighted.

Be sure to read this insightful report.

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