Xcel Energy recently recognized 10 Colorado businesses for their outstanding efforts to save energy at the annual Energy Efficiency Customer event. The Sheraton Denver Downtown was awarded the Management Systems Achievement Award in recognition of new thermostats, all-new lighting in the parking garage, replacement of motors and light fixtures, replacement of all bulbs with high efficiency models and adding a new dish machine that saves 2,400 gallons of water daily compared to the old model.
The awards honored commercial, industrial and small-business customers in Colorado for participating in Xcel Energy's 2011 energy-efficiency programs. Collectively, these companies saved more than 38 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, which avoided production of more than 22,000 tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of keeping 5,000 cars off the road for a year.
In addition to the Xcel award, the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel has achieved a 4 Green Key Rating through the Green Key Eco-Rating Program recognizing the hotel for national industry leadership and commitment to protecting the environment through its wide-ranging policies and practices. Additional highlights of the hotel’s green initiatives include CFL bulbs in all rooms; occupancy sensors in all offices; digital thermostats in all guestrooms; recycling of all fluorescent light bulbs, batteries, wiring, telephones and electronic equipment; recycling of 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.
Of special interest to meeting planners is the use of electronic banquet event orders and contracts as well as the installation of electronic reader boards, eliminating significant use of paper. In addition, the hotel annually composts an average of 546,000 pounds of food.
Additional award recipients for efficiency were: City of Greeley, Custom Efficiency Achievement Award; Denver Public Schools, Heating Efficiency Achievement Award; Henderson Mine & Mill, Highest Energy Savings by a Single Premise; IKEA, Energy Design Assistance Achievement Award; King Soopers, Highest Savings for Multiple Program Participation; Lockheed Martin, Process Efficiency Achievement Award; Mesa County Valley School District 51, Self Direct Achievement Award; Northeastern Junior College, Standard Offer Achievement Award and Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, Highest Energy Savings by a Small or Mid-sized Business.
The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel, located at 1550 Court Place, boasts 1,235 guestrooms, suites, and over 135,000 square feet of meeting space.