Hilton Trims Excess Waste, Saves Millions with LightStay Program

Hilton Trims Excess Waste, Saves Millions with LightStay Program

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Hilton Worldwide has reduced water, energy, waste and carbon at 1,300 of its locations with a new resource-tracking systems.

Hilton has spent about two years internally testing the LightStay system, which individual properties are using to measure their energy use, water use, waste output and carbon output through 200 factors like transportation, food waste, housekeeping and paper product use.

In 2009, compared to 2008, the locations testing the system cut their energy use by 5 percent and reduced water use by 2.4 percent, which led to more than $29 million in savings on utility costs.

The location also lowered carbon output by 6 percent and produced 10 percent less waste. Hilton New York, for example, diverted 5,000 pounds of leftover food from going to the landfill by instead donating it to a local chairty. That location also started a food decomposition program to keep food waste out of the garbage.

The company plans to have all 3,500 of its locations around the world using the system by the end of 2011.

Hilton is just one of many hotel companies that has been spreading greener practices throughout the many properties under their wings. Marriott International, for example, hopes to increase the number of LEED-certified hotels that it oversees by 300, and Klimpton Hotels is seeking Green Seal certification for its 50 properties.

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