OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
We recognize our fundamental reliance on our planet’s resources and ecosystems, and believe in using resources responsibly. Our planet’s ability to support and provide a livable climate for all of us depends on it.
Our Targets & Results
We are proud to announce targets for reducing our environmental impact by 2030 (using a 2010 baseline) that are also aligned with our Sustainable Development Goal priorities. We share our progress against these targets below.
Our 2030 Reduction Targets
Our 2019 Results & Progress
MEASURING OUR FOOTPRINT
In order to reduce our environmental footprint, we measure where we have been and where we are now. To this end, we have tracked our greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water usage, and waste production since we launched EarthView in 2010.
Since EarthView’s inception, we have also implemented data management systems that allow us to confidently report high quality, non-financial data, better manage our footprint, and identify opportunities for continual improvement.
EFFICIENT BUILDINGS AND OPERATIONS
Buildings have an outsized impact on our environment. According to a joint report published by the UN Environment Programme and the International Energy Agency, buildings and construction account for 39% of global energy-related emissions. To us, this means we strive to run our buildings as efficiently and sustainably as possible.
THE AMBROSE HOTEL
California Green Lodging Program Environmentalist Level, certified by the California Department of General Services
Zero Waste Partner, designated by the City of Philadelphia
PLAN TO ACHIEVE OUR TARGETS
This year, we set forth ambitious 2030 targets for our emissions, energy, and water reductions, as well as our waste diversion. To achieve these, we are focused on projects and initiatives that increase energy efficiency, water efficiency, and the amount of waste diverted from landfill, with sub-targets for some of these initiatives to track our progress towards reaching our overall environmental targets. Project highlights and progress against our sub-targets below.
- Our energy efficiency lighting strategy is focused on retrofitting existing lighting with LEDs, which are more efficient than incandescent and florescent lighting, and have much longer lifespans.
- LEDs have been installed at over 95% of our hotels.
- We continue to purchase and install LEDs as hotels are renovated.
- We are on track to install LEDs across 100% of our portfolio.
- Our HVAC efficiency strategy includes installing guestroom energy management systems (EMS).
- Our guestroom EMS is programmed to reduce energy consumption while rooms are unrented or unoccupied, saving our hotels 25-30% in heating and cooling costs.
- Engineering teams are trained to review their hotel’s energy management system.
- Currently, EMS has been installed at 88% of our eligible, HVAC compatible properties and is continuing to be implemented at all new acquisitions.
High Efficiency Water Fixtures
- Water fixtures, including faucets and shower heads, can make up the majority of a hotel’s water usage.
- We have increased the water efficiency of these fixtures through balanced flows that still maintain guest comfort.
- On average, properties with high efficiency water fixtures lower their water usage by 20-30%.
- We have installed these water efficiency measures at over a quarter of our hotels with high flow rates.
Laundry water reuse systems
- For our hotels with on-site laundry, washers consume a significant amount of water every year. We installed our second laundry-water reuse system this year, which uses recycled and filtered laundry grey water for 70-80% of our laundry cycles. We are continuing to evaluate opportunities for this system at additional hotels in our portfolio.
- To date, our two laundry-water reuse systems have reused nearly 2,000 kgal of water, which is the equivalent of three Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Non-plastic straws & stirrers
To avoid the detrimental environmental impacts of single-use plastic, our hotels only use paper straws and wooden stirrers in their operations. Over the course of a year, we avoid using over 4 million pieces of plastic straws and stirrers, preventing these items from littering our oceans and harming wildlife.
RENEWABLE ENERGY & NON-EMITTING TRANSPORTATION
We believe transitioning to an economy run on clean energy is imperative to curb climate change and maintain a livable future for our society. To support this endeavor, Hersha is committed to sourcing clean, renewable energy to power and light our hotels, as well as spurring the growth and availability of non-emitting transportation options in our communities.
Currently, we have on-site solar installed at our Residence Inn Coconut Grove. This solar array generates 150 MW of electricity per year. In the coming years, we plan to increase our portfolio’s mix of renewable energy by exploring additional on-site installations and off-site options.
To encourage the reduction of emissions from transportation, we are installing electric vehicle charging stations across the portfolio, providing electric house cars when possible, encouraging exploration of local neighborhoods through walking, and educating guests on public transportation options.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station: These efforts support the expansion of a larger charging infrastructure, which is needed to spur the transition away from combustion vehicles. Currently, we have electric vehicle charging stations at 8 of our hotels, with a target to eventually have charging stations at 20 of our hotels.
Electric House Car: Our Ambrose Hotel has an electric house car, a Tesla, that transports guests to and from popular destinations. We continue to evaluate options to purchase electric house cars for other hotels.
Easy Walkability & Access to Public Transportation
Our hotels are mostly based in dense, urban neighborhoods, with a portfolio-wide Walk Score of 84 out of 100 across the portfolio. A high Walk Score indicates there is a greater number of diverse amenities that are easily accessible via walking. Our Courtyard by Marriott San Diego and Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Westside also communicate public transportation route information to guests via their GoBoard. This reduces the number of single-passenger emitting rides taken to and from the hotel, as well as supports local transportation systems.