It's Easy Being Green At Our Eco-Friendly West Coast HotelsRecently, Brighter Planet, an eco-minded firm, ranked Vagabond as the most energy efficient hotel chain in the US. According to their Hotel Energy & Carbon Efficiency report, budget hotels are more energy efficient with smaller carbon footprints.
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Brighter Planet study of 46,000 U.S. hotels shows going green doesn't mean cutting travelPrice is no measure of the best and the worst performing hotel chains when it comes to energy efficiency and carbon footprints, according to a comprehensive new sustainability study of 46,000 U.S. hotels by Brighter Planet, a leading sustainability technology company.
"Going greener doesn't have to mean cutting your business or leisure travel," said Patti Prairie, Brighter Planet CEO. "Treating all hotels as equal incorrectly suggests that the only way to reduce lodging impacts is to reduce travel, but that obscures opportunities to lower your energy footprint and make big sustainability gains with smarter travel choices."
"Hotel efficiency is not about how much a room costs the consumer," said Prairie. "It's determined by the local climate, hotel energy sources, the cleanliness of its electric grid, as well as hotel amenities and the square footage per room."
Key findings in the report include
- Energy and carbon per room-night varies tenfold among U.S. hotels. The dirtiest 25 percent of the nation's hotels are responsible for more than half of the entire industry's environmental impact, while the cleanest quarter of hotels represents just 7% of the lodging industry's energy and carbon footprint.
- Travel and sustainability managers can reduce footprints without cutting travel-and can dramatically improve the accuracy of sustainability reporting-by accounting for efficiency variability instead of assuming all hotel rooms are equal.
- Hotels are becoming less efficient. Newer hotels use significantly more energy per roomnight than their older-vintage counterparts, and the energy they use is dirtier. A recent surge in interest in programs like LEED and Energy Star has the potential to reverse this trend.
- LEED and Energy Star hotel carbon calculations fall short for lodging industry sustainability accounting because they fail to take into account the number of rooms that are fit into a hotel. Measuring hotel energy use and emissions per room-night rather than per square foot is more relevant and actionable for business and travel managers.