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Hilton LightStay Program Helped Save $29M in 2009

Hilton Worldwide’s program to calculate and analyze environmental impact – dubbed “LightStay” – helped save hotel owners more than $29 million in water and energy costs in 2009.

Under the program, Hilton’s 1,300 locations have undergone two years of internal evaluations, according to a press release. The LightStay system measures indicators across 200 operational practices including housekeeping, paper product use, food waste, chemical storage, air quality and transportation.

Worldwide, the properties reduced energy use 5 percent, carbon output by 6 percent and water use by 2.4 percent in 2009.

The hotel chain also has amped up its efforts to reduce waste output, resulting in a 10 percent reduction.

“The insights we gained from the LightStay system prompted our property to launch a waste decomposition program that eliminates as much as a thousand pounds of garbage a day,” said Mark Lauer, General Manager, Hilton New York.

In recognition of that hotel’s environmentally-friendly energy fuel cell, which sits atop the building’s fifth floor roof, the Hilton New York was awarded the 2008-2009 Environmental Recognition Program “Green Street” Award by the Avenue of the Americas Association.

By the end of 2011, all 3,500 properties within Hilton Worldwide’s global portfolio of brands will use LightStay.

Hilton has contracted with KEMA-Registered Quality to perform a series of third-party audits of LightStay.

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4 thoughts on “Hilton LightStay Program Helped Save $29M in 2009

  1. Great job, Hilton! While the reductions are modest, collecting two years of data and rolling out initiatives across a variety of operational areas is a fantastic way to develop an enterprise wide “green” strategy. I wonder how involved managers and line employees have been in this process. They are the people with the insight to help create and fine-tune sustainability initiatives. These staff members also need education on why the “LightStay” programs are important and how to incorporate new practices into their day-to-day work lives.

  2. I just stayed at the New York Hilton and continue to find a disconnect with the conservation program and employee implmenttion. For years now hotels (not just Hilton) request guests to help conserve energy and water by reusing towels and agreeing to have the bed changed only every 3 days. Yet housekeeping continues to remove used towels. Probably conflicting goals has created poor execution.

  3. I must agree with Joanne. No matter what I do the housekeeping staff replaces the towels that I agree to use again. This is common at all levels of Hilton and many other brands at which I stay. Maybe discounts for reusing the towels will emphasize the practice.

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