Last year, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago launched a recycling and energy conservation program entitled, “When not in use, turn off the juice.” A year later, the hotel reports that it has prevented 76 tons of material and 20 tons of construction waste from being sent to landfill, Green Lodging News reports.
The hotel places paper recycling containers throughout the facility as well as signage to remind employees and guests of the green initiatives. Last year, the hotel cut its energy consumption by 5 percent by turning off lights when not in use and using blackout drapes to preserve temperatures, which are set at 73 degrees for rooms not being used. Energy efficient bulbs as well as motion detectors have been installed in infrequently used rooms. Guests are also offered the option of reusing linens from day to day to help conserve water.
Food is also composted at the hotel, which reported that it has produced more than three tons of compost so far.
In 2007, Hyatt announced plans on greening up with fully biodegradable products and energy efficiency.