Hilton Portland Earns Prestigious Green Key Certification Based on Strong Commitment to Environmental Practices

  • Hilton Hotels
  • 01.15.10
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower announced that the property has been certified under the Green Key Eco-Rating Program.

The Hilton was awarded four keys on a scale of five keys, and is the first hospitality property in Oregon to receive this designation. This rating is based on the Hilton having mature sustainability programs in place that involve management, employees, guests and the public, and which have shown substantial and measurable results.

Designed specifically for hotel operations, the Green Key Eco-Rating Program is a comprehensive environmental audit that is self-administered by the staff at the participating property, covering a broad range of operational areas and sustainable practices. The answers are then tabulated and the property is awarded a ranking of one to five keys. The property also receives a comprehensive report that includes recommendations, best practices and potential areas for improvement and savings, and a listing on the Green Key Global Web site, as a resource for environmentally conscious travelers. To avoid the risk of score inflation, Green Key includes random, on-site verification of audit results.

"The Hilton Portland was one of the properties eagerly awaiting Green Key's migration from Canada to the United States, which is typically a good indication of a hotel's commitment to sustainable operations," said Zach Conen, vice president of sales and marketing for Green Key Global. "The property's four-key rating is an even better indicator of their environmental leadership and commitment, both nationally and within the Hilton family."

The foundation of the Green Key Program is its focus on sound sustainable practices specifically for the lodging industry. It was developed by a leading environmental engineering firm with support from the Canadian Government. The program has also received praise from the U.S. Office of the Federal Environmental Executive (OFEE), the Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria and the Rainforest Alliance, and is listed in the American Hotel & Lodging Association's (AH&LA) Green Resource Center.

"Being rated as a Green Key property is very important to us," said Doug Brecht, director of sales and marketing - Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. "We have heard more and more requests for sustainable practices from our guests and meeting planners, and are working diligently to meet those needs in our daily operations. This Eco-Rating serves to validate our progressive efforts to implement sustainable measures, and provides valuable insights into areas where we have opportunity for improvement."

Hilton Portland is considered a leader in sustainable hospitality on the West Coast. It was the first Hilton in the United States to earn a Green Seal GS-33 certification in 2007. It is in its third year of an ambitious four-year sustainability effort, which includes measures to increase energy and water conservation, diverting food waste into composting, expanded recycling, installing a new high efficiency HVAC system, and purchasing more eco-friendly cleaning products.

The Green Key Eco-Rating Program is one of the first of its kind to rank, certify and inspect hotels and resorts in North America based on their commitment to sustainable green operations. The program was originally developed for the Hotel Association of Canada by a leading environmental engineering firm with funding from the Canadian Government. In the United States, Green Key is a joint partnership between the Hotel Association of Canada and LRA Worldwide, Inc.

Hilton Hotels is a stylish, forward-thinking global leader of hospitality that welcomes guests in more countries than most other full-service hotel brands. The Hilton brand currently includes more than 530 hotels and resorts in 76 countries, and plans to serve travelers in 80 countries by the end of 2011. Hilton offers innovative products, services and amenities to its guests, whether traveling for business or leisure. 
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 90 years, Hilton Worldwide has been offering business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,500 hotels in 81 countries and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®.

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