Hyatt Regency Downtown Denver Hotel Implements Innovative Environmental Sustainability Efforts, with Help from Staff and Guests

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Hyatt Regency Denver Seeking to Become Colorado's First Hotel with Green Seal Certification

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Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center has started to implement a comprehensive sustainability program, designed to minimize the hotel's overall carbon footprint and decrease its environmental impact. Global Hyatt Corporation is committed to environmental responsibility, and this forward-thinking downtown Denver hotel strives to lead the way with sustainable environmental initiatives that will have a long-lasting impact on the community.

"Sparked by the passion of our staff and our customers, and Hyatt's desire to be a part of the solution, we felt compelled to develop and implement long-term sustainability programs that would have lasting, positive results," commented John Schafer, general manager of Hyatt Regency Denver hotel. "Living in Colorado and waking up to one of the most magnificent views every day is a constant reminder of our connection to the natural world. At Hyatt, we want to be proactive leader within our industry to ensure that we are making good choices with positive impacts for future generations."

Hyatt's program focuses on water savings, energy savings, waste reduction/recycling, and staff environmental education. These areas of emphasis mark Hyatt's commitment to genuine stewardship and shared responsibility, and support Global Hyatt's environmental efforts being implemented around the world:

Water Conservation at this Eco-Friendly Downtown Denver Hotel

  • Designed with guestroom low flow pluming fixtures including toilets (1.4 gallon tanks), faucets (rated 1.5 gallons per minute), and showerheads (rated 2.5 gallons per minute);
  • Converted automatic hand sinks and urinals in public restrooms to low flow units;
  • Implemented a climate-appropriate landscape design with a water efficient irrigation system;
  • Established policy that housekeeping only changes bed linens at the request of the customer and when rooms are newly occupied; and
  • Serve water by request only in banquets.

In 2007, the popular Denver hotel had an annual consumption of 45 million gallons of water, and without these implemented features, would likely have seen an increase of 10 percent of the annual water consumption.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of this Well-Known Denver Hotel Landmark

  • Installed a hydronic plate cooling system that utilizes outside air to cool the hotel when temperature variations allow;
  • Converted 95 percent of the hotel's light bulbs to energy saving fluorescent bulbs;
  • Reclamation of heat from laundry waste water to preheat incoming cold water; and
  • Whenever possible, chefs use locally grown produce.

Based on the use of compact florescent as opposed to incandescent light bulbs in the 1,100 guestrooms, the hotel has realized a savings of 1,171,207.62 Kwh per year, which reflects a 6.5% savings in annual consumption.

Reducing Landfill Waste and Recycling at this Green Downtown Denver Hotel

  • Placed newspaper racks on each guest floor as opposed to individual room delivery;
  • First Denver hotel to use a Waste Management single stream recycling compactor;
  • Placed recycling bins in all guest rooms (1,100), and placed tandem trash/recycling bins with informational signage in all public areas;
  • Implemented a recycling program and tandem trash/recycling bins for staff and restaurant; and
  • Converted "to-go" containers to biodegradable containers.

As a result, Hyatt Regency Denver has reduced an estimated 25 percent of its landfill waste, and continues to monitor its business practices for avenues for additional waste reduction methods.

Staff Education at this Environmentally Conscious Denver Hotel
Additionally, Hyatt has invested resources into creating a culture of environmental awareness and education of its staff by creating an active Green Committee of employees from various operations and executive departments. The committee of individuals serve as environmental ambassadors - providing leadership, driving change, and increasing awareness on multiple environmental issues within the workplace and beyond. Not only does the Hyatt Green Committee develop and implement change initiatives at work, but each member looks for ways to educate fellow associates. For example, in celebration of Earth Week 2008, the committee provided fluorescent light bulbs and environmental educational information to employees for their use at home. Hyatt has also hosted internal meetings specifically to educate staff on the hotel's sustainability efforts; brought in industry experts, such as Waste Management, for internal trainings; and provided environmental, educational and technical materials in several languages such as Spanish and Russian.

Hyatt has already seen positive results from all of its initiatives, and plans to apply for a "Green Seal Certification" by the end of 2008. Green Seal is a national non-profit that has developed "science-based environmental certification standards that are credible, transparent, and essential in an increasingly educated and competitive marketplace." If successful, Hyatt Regency Denver is on track to becoming the first Green Seal-certified hotel in Colorado.

For information on Hyatt Regency Denver, visit http://denverregency.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp and for more information on the Green Seal Certification, visit http://www.greenseal.org.

About Global Hyatt Corporation
Global Hyatt Corporation, one of the world's premier hotel companies, offers today's travelers more than 730 hotels and resorts (more than 136,000 rooms) in 45 countries. The company's affiliates own, operate, manage and franchise Hyatt-branded hotels and resorts under Park Hyatt™, Grand Hyatt™, Hyatt Regency™, Hyatt Resorts™, Hyatt®, Hyatt Place® and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brands. In April 2007, Hyatt launched its newest global brand, Andaz™. Global Hyatt Corporation is also the owner of Hyatt Vacation Ownership, Inc. operator of Hyatt Vacation Club and fractional residential properties and U.S. Franchise Systems, Inc, which franchises Hawthorn Suites and Microtel Inns and Suites. From the U.S. and Canada, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling 1-800-233-1234, or logging on to http://www.hyatt.com.

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