It is estimated that 2.6 million bars of soap are discarded every day by American hotels and will end up in landfills. By creating new operational procedures where such items can be donated to developing countries with limited access to hygienic products, eliminating unnecessary waste, and installing energy-efficient fixtures, hotels can drastically lower their energy costs and reduce their water usage by making simple operational changes.
"The hotels within the Gateway to L.A. business district are truly committed to providing guests with a green lodging experience," said Gateway to L.A. Executive Director Laurie Hughes. "To date there are five hotel properties that have made major strides in creating a sustainable environment in order to be certified by Green Seal. This is no easy feat, and it shows a major commitment by the hotel operators that protecting our environment is paramount to their business model, and for that we applaud their efforts."
The portfolio of properties now certified includes the Hilton LAX, the Radisson, the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel, and Crowne Plaza LAX. Accumulatively these hotels have a total inventory of nearly 4,000 guestrooms.
The movement was begun by Radisson LAX Managing Director, Cindy Boulton in 2009.