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Largest Hotel in New York Leads with Innovative Waste-Reduction Programs
MCLEAN, Va. and NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 29, 2009 – Two years after installing one of the cleanest power generating technologies available on its roof high above Avenue of the Americas, one New York hotel is now dissolving food waste with microorganisms to reduce garbage volume. Hilton New York’s innovative approach to eco-stewardship is apparent as it marks its second year using revolutionary UTC Power fuel cell technology by introducing three new initiatives to reduce waste throughout the hotel.
“Hilton New York is an innovator in implementing sound environmental practices, and the work of leaders like them will help New York City meet the ambitious goals in PlaNYC, our long-term vision for a greener, greater New York,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Unlike most cities, New York generates the bulk of its emissions from buildings, so greening existing buildings is key to reducing carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.”
Just last week, the hotel was the recipient of the 2008-2009 Environmental Recognition Program – “Green Street” Award by the Avenue of the Americas Association. This new award highlights efforts to adopt environmentally sustainable programs or improvements to the workplace. Hilton New York received the award in the Energy Efficiency / Sustainability Projects category for “Buildings Over 1M Square Feet” in recognition of its energy fuel cell which reduces the hotel’s overall carbon footprint in the community.
As the largest hotel in Manhattan, Hilton New York’s implementation of the fuel cell power system – currently the only fuel cell powering a New York area hotel – represented a huge undertaking in the hospitality industry. The PureCell® system provides electric power and hot water throughout the hotel’s 2,000 rooms, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week without combustion. The system is nearly three times more energy efficient than the electric grid when used in combined heat and power applications. Since the fuel cell’s installation in October 2007, it has produced approximately 1.75M kilowatts of electricity per year for the hotel for a total of nearly 3.5M kilowatt hours to date. That equates to approximately 6% of the hotel’s consumption.
Supplementing the hotel’s energy needs with fuel cell technology is just one of the ways Hilton New York is helping the city’s environment. The Hilton Hotels brand was one of the first to employ sustainability-focused initiatives now common within the hospitality industry, such as linen and towel reuse programs; paper, bottle and can recycling; and the use of energy-saving light bulbs. Hilton New York demonstrates this leadership again with its recent introduction of the following new leading-edge initiatives to reduce waste throughout the hotel:
The bold steps taken by Hilton New York are part of Hilton Hotels’ global focus on sustainability. The brand is working to reduce energy consumption, CO2 emissions and output of waste by 20 percent and reduce water consumption by 10 percent before 2014.
“One of the biggest challenges for hotels seeking to be eco-centric is to generate a compelling return on investment,” said David Horton, Global Head – Hilton Brand. “We are pleased to share lessons learned at Hilton New York about how sustainable initiatives deliver tremendous benefits for a hotel, its guests, and the environment with our other hotels so that they can be applied across the Hilton brand.”
About UTC Power
UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, is a world leader in developing and producing fuel cells that generate energy for buildings and for transportation, space and defense applications. With more than 50 years of experience, the company is based in South Windsor, Conn.
About BioHitech America, LLC
BioHitech America, LLC based in Allendale, NJ is the industry leader in comprehensive organic waste disposal. The GOHBio 1001 decomposition system, which is energy efficient and made of stainless steel, breaks down food waste into liquid using micro-organisms, enabling waste to be safely disposed of down the drain. Combine that with over 100 years collective waste services experience and the result is an organization that fully grasps the importance of providing its customers with a way to actively contribute to environmental sustainability, while also providing them with significant economical benefits and improved work flow efficiencies. Our award winning technology can be found in many well known grocery chains, hotels, hospitals, and universities coast to coast. To take a closer look at the future of waste diversion visit, www.biohitech.com.
About Natura® Water Inc.
Natura® Water Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, manufactures an exclusive water purification system, modeled after Italy’s leading technology. Natura® is the result of 20 years of dedicated development, design and production of water filtration systems. Natura® water purification systems are currently installed in many of the nation’s finest restaurants, including Le Cirque and Gotham Bar & Grill in New York City and Comme Ça of San Francisco as well as the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and JP Morgan Chase in New York.
Natura® is endorsed by Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani (www.gruppo.com), the leading association of Italian restaurants in the United States, devoted to promoting the authentic foods, wines and cuisine of Italy.
Natura® is a registered trademark of Natura® Water, Inc.
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About Hilton Hotels
Hilton Hotels is the stylish, forward-thinking global leader of hospitality that welcomes guests in more countries than any other full-service hotel brand. The Hilton brand currently includes more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries, and plans to serve travelers in 80 countries by the end of 2011. By offering innovative products, services and amenities, Hilton enables travelers to be at their best 24/7, whether traveling for business or leisure. Start your journey at www.hilton.com.