Hotel guests are demanding safer and more sustainable lodging options. And it is because of this commitment of caring for guests and staff that Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is at the forefront of adopting practices that are more environmentally favorable and better for human health and safety.
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is the second hotel in California and fifth nationwide to achieve Gold level certification under the Green Seal GS-33 Standard for Lodging Properties. The hotel was first certified in 2010. It is also one of the hotels in the LA Green Lodging Program, a partnership between the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation, The Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, and Green Seal.
As a Gold certified property, Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City meets the standard’s rigorous criteria and is raising the bar of leadership– practicing it on a daily basis.
The requirements for Gold level hotel certification include achieving all requirements of the Silver level of certification (which include addressing waste minimization, reuse, and recycling; practicing energy efficiency and conservation; properly managing fresh water resources and waste water; safely handling hazardous substances and creating an environmentally sensitive purchasing policy) and then:
- Having a plan in place for continuous improvement.
- Setting policies and procedures for energy reduction goals, including specific measurements and monitoring of energy use over time. To support these goals Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City utilizes LightStay™, a Hilton Corporation proprietary system to measure, analyze, and report sustainability data.
- Putting in place a plan for effective management of resource use. This includes tracking energy and potable water consumption and waste collected for disposal/incineration and recycling.
- Monitoring water use and using EPA WaterSense™ fixtures and procedures, and providing evidence and documentation of metering and monitoring water consumption.
For more information about Green Seal’s GS-33 Environmental Leadership Standard for Lodging Properties, as well as for information on other standards and the certification process, please visit – http://www.greenseal.org/GreenBusiness/Standards.aspx