Our Impact

From waste reduction and water conservation to energy efficiency and responsible sourcing, our members are working to stay responsible – and are making an impact. America’s hotels are reducing their carbon footprint, saving millions of gallons of water annually, and keeping millions of pounds of plastics and food waste out of landfills each year. Here’s how:

In just 12 weeks, hotels participating in AHLA’s Hotel Kitchen program saw reductions of food waste of up to


High-performing water-using equipment in our hotels like toilets, showerheads, and faucets use at least


less water than standard models

Park Hotels and Resorts estimates their total annual energy reduction in 2020 was

3,600,000 kWh

and their total annual carbon reduction was

1,270,000 kgCO2e

By replacing single-use toiletries with larger pump-style alternatives, we’re able to reduce waste.  For example, Marriott International prevents about 

500 million 

small bottles, or 

1.7 million pounds 

of plastic, from going to landfills each year

The edible and

sustainable gardens

on-site at some JW Marriott locations grow fruits, herbs, and vegetables that are used for their food and beverage menus

Hilton’s all-electric hotel in New Haven, Connecticut will operate independent of fossil fuels, resulting in

zero carbon emissions

Extended Stay America recycled or donated approximately

376 tons


8,166 cubic yards

of waste in 2020

PM Hotel Group exclusively purchases green power to meet


of the electricity needs for their entire hotel portfolio

IHG upgraded their Science Based Target (SBT) to align to the most ambitious target of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C. The aim is to reduce absolute Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions by


by 2030 (from a 2019 base year). This target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

MGM Resorts have saved over

5.6 billion gallons

of water going to waste through its conservation efforts, including water optimization systems, water efficient operations, and water recycling

AC Hotel by Marriott San Juan Condada (San Juan, Puerto Rico) promotes local sourcing from around the island of Puerto Rico. Local beer represents


of total beer sales, while other local producers and distributors make up


of the hotel’s food purchases.


of rum sold at the hotel’s venues is also sourced from local distilleries

In 2021, Hilton launched a new

Carbon Neutral

Meeting/Event offering. Participating hotels calculate a meeting’s carbon footprint by using a property’s unique consumption data to create a custom report detailing the predicted carbon, energy, water and waste generated by a meeting. Event planners can then work with the hotel to reduce the environmental profile of their stay by making informed low-waste choices and providing options for offsetting any remaining carbon impact

Converting from fluorescent to LED signage at approximately 


Choice Hotels reduced the use of signage electricity at each hotel by an average of


IHG eliminated the use of

200 million

plastic bottles a year by switching to larger bottles and bulk dispensers in all


of its guest rooms

IHG was the first hotel company to commit to replacing bathroom miniatures with full size amenities across all brands: The switch to full-size amenities is expected to save at least

850 tonnes

of plastic annually in IHG’s Americas region alone – the equivalent weight of five fully-grown blue whales or 70 double-decker London buses

The JW Marriott Washington, DC was recognized with the 2021 global Energy Management Leadership
award, one of the highest accolades in energy management and conservation, for reducing approximately

725 metric tons

of carbon emissions over three years

The Conrad Washington DC works with local vendors, including a female-owned and operated farm, to source the ingredients in its restaurants. All vendors are carefully chosen for their

sustainable practices

There is a beautiful rooftop garden on the ninth-floor of the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, which

uses compost

that is made from food waste from the hotel. This garden is also home to four honeybee hives which improves urban biodiversity

Omni Hotels & Resorts utilize LED light bulbs and install energy efficient systems in


new-build hotels

The Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SoMa rates the

environmental and social impact

of manufacturers and their products when sourcing products for the hotel

In 2019 and 2020, G6 recycled over

800 pieces

of obsolete or damaged electronic equipment – that’s almost

6 tons

of e-waste that did not go into a landfill

Hilton has recorded more than

$1 billion

in cumulative savings in energy costs since 2009 by measuring and monitoring demand-side energy management in its proprietary environmental and social impact measurement platform, LightStay, used across all of the company’s franchised and managed hotels worldwide


Highgate Hotels are powered by


renewable electricity

Hyatt has introduced new coffee featuring beans from

Rainforest Alliance Certified™

farms, offered at participating brands in guestrooms, restaurants, banquets, and function areas

The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City installed the BioGreen360 system, a waterless food waste digestor technology, which has allowed the hotel to divert all of its food waste, totaling more than

27 tons

during the first year of use

Launched in 2022, IHG’s Hotel Energy Reduction Opportunities (HERO) tool empowers hotels to

increase energy efficiency

by providing customized guidance for hotels to adopt energy conservation measures that make sense to their property

Caesars in Las Vegas saved

30 million gallons

of water in a year after installing more efficient laundry facilities and emphasizing its mission to conserve water

Accor has committed to removing all guest-facing

single-use plastic

items by the end of 2022

The Monsaraz San Diego, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, restaurant operates a

zero-waste kitchen.

Some zero-waste efforts include utilizing freshly grown citrus from the hotel’s courtyard and repurposing used coffee grounds as cocktail garnishes

The Wailea Beach Resort – Marriott, Maui invested $2 million to build a rooftop solar farm that generates an estimated solar production of

663,162 kWh

in the first year. The energy generated by the solar farm will reduce the use of oil by 1,086 barrels annually and reduce the resort’s carbon footprint which approximately equates to 7,753 palm trees and 612 acres of tropical rainforest

IHG is targeting


new build hotels to operate at very low/zero carbon emissions by 2030

Since 2017, Terranea Resort donated more than


pounds of food,


rolls of toilet paper, and


bottles of partially used toiletries


evaluates suppliers

annually through a Responsible Supplier Survey, which includes questions on suppliers’ sustainability efforts, philanthropic initiatives, and human rights protections

All 6,500+

Choice Hotels are required to replace incandescent light bulbs with CFL/LED lighting, deploy a linen and towel reuse program, and provide a recycling receptacle accessible for guests

The Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Club & Spa, California, replaced all the tees and roughs on the golf course with warm season grass that is more resilient year-round. This new grass type helps to reduce water consumption by about


It is also less fertilizer and herbicide-intensive. As less equipment is required to maintain this grass type, there is also a reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions

The Renaissance Orlando at Sea World installed water refill stations throughout the hotel and offers guests

reusable aluminum bottles

in place of single-use plastic bottles

IHG partners with Goodr on a

surplus food recovery

program which helps minimize food waste at participating hotels and to support food security in communities across the U.S

Savings on water and energy costs from the towel reuse program in ALL – Accor Live Limitless locations are used to fund tree planting.

One tree

is planted

every minute


Gaylord Rockies recently installed a Combined Heat and Power (“CHP”). These generators not only improved thermal and energy resilience for the hotel but also bring long term savings for the hotel through energy efficiency. By using waste heat to provide hot water, carbon footprint per year was reduced by



14,000 tons

At the Cavallo Point Lodge in San Francisco all guest rooms use organics linens, towels, and bathrobes derived from

sustainable resources


responsible manufacturing

practices. The hotel is also built with recycled materials or made from rapidly renewable resources, like bamboo for the finishing and shredded blue jeans for wall insulation

Hersha hotels only use paper straws and wooden stirrers, preventing the use of over

4 million

single use plastic straws and stirrers every year

Host Hotel’s Ilikai Villas at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort feature a rooftop solar PV array that generates over


of building electricity usage

Since installing a water recycling project in mid-2018, an average of


of water used on property at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara has been recycled each month


of IHG business in 2021 was awarded to IHG “Green” suppliers, a designation based on their Sustainable Supplier Questionnaire that assesses the environmental credentials of suppliers

Accor will be actively working to reduce absolute emissions


by 2030. Accor is also the first international hotel group to make a long-term commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The Group is thus aligning itself with the most ambitious objective of the Paris Agreement, namely to limit global warming to 1.5ºC

The Washington Hilton donates excess food and meals to the Ronald McDonald House and DC Central Kitchen;

6-8% of prepared food is donated

The Walt Disney Company has reduced plastics by




guest rooms by replacing all disposable toiletries with bulk amenities and minimized plastic merchandise bags

The Broadmoor converted


existing light fixtures from incandescent to compact fluorescent and LED, reducing their annual electric consumption by

5 million kilowatts

Employee uniforms at Terranea Resort are made of

sustainable materials

like bamboo, chemical-free organic cotton, wool, or hemp

Hilton’s digital key technology is now available at more than


of Hilton’s portfolio and has reduced plastic waste by

125 tons

The Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida faces a high baseline water stress. To mitigate any water risk, it installs and utilizes low-flow showerheads, faucets, and aerators. The hotel also features drought-resistant plants across the exterior of the property and utilizes an irrigation system that uses

water reuse and reclamation

Though the building which houses Hotel Marcel New Haven was first constructed in 1967, its regular refurbishments with sustainability in mind has kept it ahead of the pack. It has been retrofitted with triple-glazed glass and insulation which contributes to energy efficiency by

reducing heating demand

A new web feature allows guests driving electric vehicles to search for the


Hilton hotels with charging stations

Working with hotel partners, Clean the World has distributed nearly

70 million

bars of recycled hotel soap in more than

120 countries

Host Hotel’s 1 Hotel South Beach employs compostable room amenities and reusable wooden key cards to support its

Plastic-Free Initiative

as well as a composting machine to separate organic waste

Northwood Hospitality’s property in West Hollywood, CA partners with Cool Effect on a

carbon offset program

This nonprofit agency is dedicated to helping individuals, organizations, and businesses reduce their carbon emissions by purchasing carbon offsets to neutralize the carbon footprint of a guest’s stay