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

38%

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

20%

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

and

8,166 cubic yards

of waste in 2020

PM Hotel Group exclusively purchases green power to meet

100%

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

46%

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

50%

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

20%

of the hotel’s food purchases.

85%

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 

4,000

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

50%

IHG eliminated the use of

200 million

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

843,000

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


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

all

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

200+

Highgate Hotels are powered by

100%

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.

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

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

IHG is targeting

100%

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

Since 2017, Terranea Resort donated more than

21,072 

pounds of food,

29,848

rolls of toilet paper, and

63,442

bottles of partially used toiletries

Wyndham

evaluates suppliers

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

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

79%

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

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

45%

of building electricity usage

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

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33%

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

46%

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

80%

in

15,000+

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

The Broadmoor converted

30,000+

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

80%

of Hilton’s portfolio and has reduced plastic waste by

125 tons

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

1,400+

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.