While Earth Day (April 22) has officially come and gone, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel we strive to make EVERY day Earth Day. From energy efficiency and water conservation to cutting back on chemical exposure and recycling, we have implemented numerous sustainability practices to help save energy and resources. And since studies have shown that meeting planners and leisure travelers support hotels that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, it’s imperative for us to make those practices known among potential guests and clients.
Some highlights of green practices at work at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel:
- Hotel front desk agents encourage guests to “Make A Green Choice,” a program that conserves water, energy and other resources. Guests receive a $5 voucher at participating food and beverage outlets or 500 Starpoints awarded at check-out for each night they declined housekeeping
- CFL bulbs and digital thermostats in all rooms
- Occupancy sensors in all offices
- Recycling of all fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, wiring, telephones and electronic equipment in addition to fryer and cooking oil
- On-site water bottling program eliminating the use of plastic bottles and the use of only eco-friendly cleaning solutions and chemicals
- Replacement of traditional washing machines with high efficiency tunnel machines that use 1/6 of the water previously used while cutting wash time by more than 50%
- Of special interest to meeting planners is the use of electronic banquet event orders and contacts as well as the installation of electronic reader boards, eliminating significant use of paper.
As a reminder that it’s very easy to save energy, this year the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel participated in Earth Hour – an annual global event scheduled on the last Saturday of every March where individuals and businesses turn their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change. We turned off signage lighting, dimmed or turned off non-essential interior lighting, and used in-room voicemail messages and in-room television messages to inform guests about Earth Hour. The 16th Street Mall may have been a little darker than usual, but an hour was a small sacrifice for our planet.