Sustainability

As part of the Hilton Worldwide, we at the Waldorf Astoria recognize our environmental responsibility and are committed to improving our performance towards a sustainable future while enhancing the guest and team member experience.

1. Hilton Worldwide Environmental Sustainability Policy

To ensure sustainable business practices in the countries in which we operate around the globe, we will:

  • Embrace an environmental mission and strategy that encompasses each and every team member
  • Focus upon our key environmental commitments: energy efficiency, CO2 reduction, water efficiency, waste reduction, renewable energy, and sustainable buildings and operations which includes building design & construction, hotel & corporate operations, chemical management, and purchasing
  • Engage our team members through training, tools and active involvement
  • Ensure that environmentally friendly initiatives and tactics will impact the guest experience in a positive way
  • Set targets, measure, benchmark and continually improve our performance
  • Share best practices and comply with relevant local, national and international legislation
  • Liaise with our suppliers and business partners to improve their environmental performance
  • Influence land use in harmony with nature and construction by promoting the use of environmental standards
  • Support environmental initiatives within the local community
  • Communicate our environmental achievements to our team members and guests
  • Publish our performance against our established targets

2. Green ROOM AND MEETING Space

Listed below are some actions that the Waldorf Astoria implements to promote "green room space"

Energy Efficiency

  • Staff instructed to shut off HVAC/lights when guest rooms are vacant.
  • Staff instructed to shut blinds half way and to keep curtains closed when guestrooms are vacant.
  • Offices/Housekeeping/T&E closets have sensor lighting installed.
  • Energy efficient lighting installed in specific back of the house areas.
  • PM/Midnight shift Electricians and Watch Engineers walk daily throughout the hotel with a checklist ensuring the temperatures in unoccupied meeting rooms are high during the summer months and low during the cooler months and that all lights are off.
  • Hotel uses new media and electronic technology to cut down on paper use.
  • Hotel promotes the use of conference web site, called POG.
  • Hotel can specifically purchase recycled paper for your meeting.
  • Hotel's office paper contains 10% post-consumer content.

Air Quality

  • The hotel is within walking distance to major city attractions and easily accessible by public transportation.

Water Conservation

  • Hotel offers and implements a towel and linen reuse program.
  • Hotel's laundry company uses recycled water for bedroom linens and towels.

Waste Minimization

  • YTD- we have put 82.60 tons less trash/paper/boxes in our compactor than in 2008. This is a 5% reduction.
  • Hotel has implemented a recycling program to recycle glass, aluminum, plastic, paper, grease and cardboard.
  • Sample diversion rate of recycling:
    • 2/18/09- Cardboard= .60, Room Waste= .59, Commingle= .71, Compactor= 5.95
    • Numbers above are in tons.
    • "Commingle" waste is glass, plastic & aluminum.
    • "Room Waste" is mostly paper products (i.e. newspaper)
    • All wet waste is delivered to the Covanta Waste to Energy Facility in Newark, NJ.
    • Jem Sanitation (Hotel's sanitation company) does not dump any waste in landfills.
    • Cardboard, paper and room waste bales are brought back to Jem's material recovery facility in Lyndhurst, NJ for processing.
  • Hotel has a policy in place to reduce and reuse where possible and appropriate, and minimize paper usage.
  • Hotel also has an Environmental Committee committed to continue moving in this direction.
  • Hotel staff is trained to implement environmental practices.
  • Hotel replaces unused amenities only when empty or requested by guest.

Environmental Purchases

  • Hotel currently taking steps to purchases bathroom supplies with a minimum of 20% recycled products for hand towels and toilet paper.
  • Hotel currently taking steps to purchase environmentally responsible cleaning products for carpets, floors, kitchens and bathrooms with a minimum of 50% of products used to be environmentally responsible.

3. Food and Beverage

Water Conservation

  • Hotel has taken initiatives in our kitchens to reduce running water (i.e. to thaw food, rinse food, etc)

Waste Minimization

  • Kitchens have a policy in place to reduce and reuse where possible and appropriate, and minimize paper usage.
  • Kitchen staff is trained to implement environmental policies.
  • Kitchen staffs serve juice, iced tea, coffee and water in pitchers and some condiments in bulk.
  • Kitchen uses china and linen service.
  • Hotel does NOT use polystyrene or Styrofoam on property.

Environmental Purchases

  • Kitchen purchases locally grown and organic foods and products wherever possible and affordable.
  • All our food and beverage is purchased in bulk and we work with other Hilton Hotels to purchase from a centralized location, reducing transportation emissions.