PARSIPPANY, N.J.—Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest hotel franchising company, has received a Gold recertification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program for the company’s headquarters in Parsippany, N.J. The recertification designates Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ corporate campus as one of the highest-performing green buildings in the country, reflecting the company’s commitment to minimizing its environmental footprint.
LEED is a third-party certification program and premier benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. It uses a point system to determine the environmental merits of a building, with four levels of certification, depending on how many points the project has earned: certified, silver, gold or platinum. The building received its first Silver Certification for Corporate Interiors in 2010, a second Silver certification for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) in 2013, and this recent Gold EBOM recertification, which was earned through water reduction, green cleaning and indoor air quality management.
“At Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, we’re building on our legacy of developing eco-friendly initiatives across our operations,” said Mary Falvey, Chief Administrative Officer, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. “We remain committed to implementing innovative environmental practices, not only for our hotel portfolio, but also for our corporate offices, as this effort reduces costs, fosters the efficient use of resources, and supports profitability.”
Outdoor Resources Management
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts achieved a Gold LEED recertification through site related credits, such as:
- Open habitat protection—The building has native vegetation covering a minimum of 25 percent of the total land area. These natural areas provide a habitat and promote biodiversity.
- Storm water management—The Company implemented a storm water management plan to ensure runoff is effectively retained onsite from at least 15 percent of all precipitation for an average weather year, while also accounting for the potential of above-average rain totals.
- Water efficient landscaping—The building eliminated irrigation on mature plant life and utilized natural and adaptive plantings onsite to further minimize water usage.
Additionally, over the past five years, the Wyndham Hotels & Resorts’ headquarters building has improved its score for energy efficiency through Energy Star. Supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, buildings that earn the Energy Star use, on average, 35 percent less energy than their peers.
To help further reduce its carbon footprint at its headquarters in New Jersey, the company provides sustainable transportation options for employees, earning Wyndham Hotels & Resorts the designation as a 2018 Platinum-level New Jersey Smart Workplace (NJSW) by TransOptions for the seventh year in a row. The NJSW program recognizes employers who have made great strides in providing commuting alternatives, and the company’s perks include premier parking spots for employees who carpool and drive hybrid vehicles, car charging stations for hybrid or electric vehicles, and mass transit options, including a free shuttle to/from the local train station.
“The greening efforts at our headquarters building positively affect our people, who are our company’s best asset,” said Bill Skrzat, Chief Human Resources Services Officer. “By reducing our carbon footprint and providing commuting alternatives, we are supporting our team members’ best work, which in turn allows them to take the greatest care of our guests and partners.”