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AH&LA Uncovers Hotel Industry’s Top Green Trends, Challenges

Friday May 16th, 2008 - 9:32AM

WASHINGTON— Through its Green Assessment Survey, the American Hotel & Lodging Association has unveiled the top 10 environmentally sustainable initiatives hotels are currently deploying along with the top 10 green programs hotels can improve upon. The survey, which involved 217 respondents, showed that 88% of properties have a linen reuse program for guests that stay multiple nights, 83.5% offer a towel reuse program, 43.4% have programmable on/off timers or sensors used for lighting in low traffic or occupancy, 16% use occupancy sensor controls for guestroom thermostats and 82.3% train maintenance staff on conservation and energy procedures. Hotelier respondents indicated that the two biggest barriers to implementing eco-friendly initiatives are not enough investment capital and problems achieving returns on investments.