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Hilton Americas-Houston Goes Greener With Biodiesel Conversion
First Green Seal Certified Property In Texas Now Using Biofuel
August 17, 2010
HOUSTON - Houston’s largest hotel, Hilton Americas-Houston, having received the unique distinction of becoming the first hotel in the state of Texas to achieve Green Seal certification, has now gone even greener with its conversion to biodiesel as an alternative, environmentally-friendly fuel.
Demonstrating environmental leadership in operations and purchasing, the downtown Houston convention hotel reduced their environmental impact and improved sustainability in accordance with stringent guidelines set out by Green Seal in order to obtain the coveted certification confirming that the hotel complies with the environmental and performance requirements of the Green Seal Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties – Silver level.
Taking their environmental commitment to an even higher level, Hilton Americas-Houston took delivery of its first load of biodiesel in July 2009, to further reduce the hotel’s overall carbon footprint through environmentally sensitive purchasing and use of alternative fuel sources.
Biodiesel, a non-toxic and biodegradable energy source, is a clean-burning alternative to petroleum diesel made from renewable domestic resources such as plant oils, animal fats and recycled grease and kitchen oil. Agrifuels such as biodiesel perform essentially the same as petroleum-based diesel, with one major difference - biodiesel significantly reduces harmful hydrocarbon emissions and greenhouse gases, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by as much a 78 percent as compared to petroleum diesel.
One of the fastest growing alternative fuels, biodiesel is currently replacing tens of millions of barrels of petroleum products, adding approximately $4 billion to the US economy in just the past year. The fuel’s contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in just one year was the equivalent of removing 700,000 passenger vehicles from America's roadways. In addition to its environmental benefits, the 500 million gallons of biodiesel produced in 2007 offset nearly 12 million barrels of oil, with production scheduled to ramp-up with each year.
In the past 12 months, 14,000 pounds of kitchen oil have been recycled by Hilton Americas-Houston, totaling seven tons of oil-based food waste that were diverted from the landfill to be repurposed through eventual conversion into biofuels. The hotel’s commitment to recycling and composting, in combination with its switch to biodiesel, even further lessens its impact on the environment and strengthens its commitment to environmental stewardship.
Here are just some of the many ongoing green initiatives in effect at Hilton Americas-Houston to reduce the hotel’s environmental impact as a Green Seal certified property:
- Using biodiesel as alternative fuel where applicable
- Recycling plastic, paper and aluminum
- Composting food waste
- Replacing current guest room lighting with energy efficient, Compact Florescent Lighting (CFL)
- Recycling florescent light bulbs
- Reusing copy paper to minimize waste
- Setting copy machines to default to double-sided printing
- Purchasing recycled copy paper
- Giving guests the opportunity to recycle in their guest rooms
- Using 2.2 gpm water conserving faucets, 1.6 gfl water conserving toilets and 2.5 gpm water conserving showerheads
- Using nontoxic and biodegradable cleaning products
- Following an environmental purchasing policy
- Using environmentally responsible suppliers
- Using materials made from post-consumer recycled content
- Replacing disposable food service items with biodegradable items
- Turning off lights in areas that are not occupied
- Installing on/off lighting timers in low traffic and low occupancy areas
- Recycling liquid shortening
- Recycling toner cartridges
- Recycling batteries
- Serving water only on-request in the outlets
- Offering guests the option to reuse towels & linens for multiple nights
- Donating partially used amenities to local shelters
- Replacing equipment, as needed, with Energy Star rated models
- Donating leftover food to local shelters, at customers’ request
About Hilton Americas-Houston
Directly connected to the George R. Brown Convention Center, Hilton Americas-Houston contains the city’s largest number of guestrooms, ballrooms, hotel meeting space, and the most technologically advanced services available under one roof. Conveniently situated between Toyota Center and Minute Maid Park, this AAA Four Diamond rated hotel boasts 1,200 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, 91,500 square feet of flexible meeting space, two restaurants, a lobby bar, coffee emporium, and full service spa and health club.
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