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‘Pillow Renovation’ Helps Hilton Concord Go Green

The Hilton Concord hotel in the San Francisco Bay Area is incorporating environmentally friendly systems, including such innovations as a low temperature dishwasher and “pillow renovation,” into a refit.

The pillow renovation system uses the Pillow Vac system to sterilize and renovate most of its pillows ready for reuse, reducing the number of discarded pillows.

Other environmentally friendly features being installed in the Concord, Calif., hotel include a food waste reduction program. The program uses an Eco-Safe Digester designed by Marathon to convert food waste into liquid, reducing the hotel’s contribution of food waste into landfills. The hotel has also installed high-efficiency LED lighting.

Water conservation efforts come in the form of low-flow toilets and an Ozone Laundry System. The refit should be fully completed in early 2012, the hotel says.

A study out in October found that chain hotels, such as the Hilton Concord, are doing a better job of going green than their independent competitors.

Analysis by Washington State University researchers found that chain hotels are more likely to do such things as use energy efficient light bulbs and train staff to turn off lights, heaters and air conditioning in unoccupied rooms that independent hotels.

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5 thoughts on “‘Pillow Renovation’ Helps Hilton Concord Go Green

  1. Wouldn’t it be much more cost efficient and generally efficient to use heat sensors to determine occupancy in rooms to turn off lights and heat/air controls? That would also create more manufacturing and installation jobs as well as being more cost efficient.

  2. Excellent effort. One of the biggest issues in hotels is guests leaving lights and TV on while not in the room. Most European countries have installed sensor lighting or card options where lights go off as soon as you remove the card or leave the room.

  3. Alternatively, US hotels could go the European route and require the room key be placed in a holder that turns on all electricity for the room. When the key isn’t in the holder, all lights, a/c, etc automatically shut off.

  4. Over here in Hilton Ontario Airport, we started using AirTrona ozone laundry systems and they are saving us tons of money. They are the best and do not require any hot water and they clean thing much better than ordinary laundry systems.

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