The Westin Copley Place Joins Green Hotels Global

The First Boston Hotel to Join the Program; The Westin Copley Place will Fully Disclose its True Carbon Footprint

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We have made great strides in reducing the hotel’s overall carbon footprint over the past 4 years. We are committed, as a hotel, to doing our part to reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 29, 2011

The Westin Copley Place General Manager Michael Jorgensen announced today that The Westin Copley Place is the first Starwood Hotel in the United States and the first hotel in Boston to join Green Hotels Global, an environmental program that requires green hotels to disclose their carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage and waste generation associated with room-night usage and event bookings.

“We are proud to carry the torch for the Green Hotels Global program for Starwood in the United States,” said Jorgensen. “We have made great strides in reducing the hotel’s overall carbon footprint over the past 4 years. We are committed, as a hotel, to doing our part to reduce the impact we have on the environment.”

Since 2008, The Westin Copley Place, built in 1983, has greatly reduced its carbon footprint - reducing electricity usage by 13 percent, reducing gas consumption by 19 percent, cutting steam usage by a third, saving over 25 million gallons of water, and recycling 130 tons of trash annually.

Green Hotels Global has provided the Boston hotel with a customized tool that calculates accurate environmental metrics on a monthly basis, so that The Westin Copley Place can take actions to improve their energy usage, carbon emissions, water usage and waste diversion.

“Using Green Hotels Global, we are certain that we can have a real and measurable effect on our environmental impact,” said The Westin Copley Place Director of Sales and Marketing James Gelfand. “We think our customers will appreciate our commitment to being green and our leadership in independent measurement and disclosure of our environmental footprint.”

For environmentally conscious corporations such as Amgen, Johnson Controls, Symantec, Intel and many others choosing hotels to work with for events, meetings and travel, Green Hotels Global provides them with an independent source for accurate metrics to calculate the environmental impact of their travel and meetings, providing standard metrics to compare a property’s environmental performance. Further, Green Hotels Global has partnered with StarCite and Lanyon, allowing a seamless RFP process for event and travel planners.

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About The Westin Copley Place, Boston
Boston’s number one “Upper Upscale” hotel, The Westin Copley Place, Boston, has enhanced its amenities throughout by adding new and exciting options for the comfort and enjoyment of its guests. All 803 guestrooms recently underwent a complete renovation, which was completed April, 2011. In addition to the striking new colors and furnishings, all guestrooms are outfitted with Westin’s Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath® affording guests a relaxing and sound sleep – the perfect way to ready yourself for a full day of shopping (at Copley Place and the Prudential Center, both connected to the hotel by sky bridge). Award-winning Turner Fisheries Restaurant & Bar, is one of the premier seafood restaurants in Boston, featuring a menu of sustainable seafood dishes prepared with the finest ingredients and purest flavors. Bar 10, a Mediterranean bar and bistro, was recently expanded and now includes a private VIP area and serves lunch, dinner and creative late night cocktails daily. The Hotel is located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay, minutes from Logan International Airport and one block from Newbury Street, home to chic cafes, boutiques and art galleries.

About Green Hotels Global
Green Hotels Global is the only online source for standardized environmental performance metrics on hotels worldwide. Green hotel properties that are members of the Green Hotels Global program are differentiated to Travel Managers and Meeting Planners for their ability to accurately track and report the carbon footprint, energy consumption, water usage and waste generation associated with room-night usage and event bookings. The program is focused on transparency, disclosure and auditability. Our methodology for quantifying environmental performance follows The Greenhouse Gas Protocol of the World Resources Institute, ASTM Standards for Measuring Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, and ISO 14064 GHG Measurement Standards. The Green Hotels Global system is integrated into the StarCite and Lanyon hotel sourcing platforms, and is required by many Fortune 500 travel buyers as part of their environmental selection criteria. For more information, visit http://www.greenhotelsglobal.com.

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