|Marriott achieves Energy Star designation
Marriott International has been awarded Energy Star labels by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for demonstrating superior energy performance at 12 Massachusetts hotels. Marriott International was also named Energy Star Partner of the Year in 2006.
Compared to similar buildings with average energy performance, EPA calculates that the 12 Marriott hotels in Massachusetts used 32 percent less energy.
EPA estimates that the 12 Energy Star labeled Marriott hotels in Massachusetts avoided more than 17 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually - the equivalent of taking more than 1,700 cars off the road for one year.
Marriott achieved superior energy performance at its hotels through a combination of technology upgrades and management improvements. At the Quincy Marriott, these upgrades and improvements included:
Upgraded garage lighting from metal halide to fluorescent and back of the house lighting to super t-8 bulbs and matching efficient electronic ballast.
Changed out original gas fired water heaters in swimming pool and spa to more efficient plate and frame heat exchangers.
Installed energy efficient programmable thermostats in guest rooms and trained housekeepers to use the "economy" setting on checked out and unoccupied rooms.
Installed a high-speed rolling door at the loading dock.
Cleaned and rebuilt 2 chillers to improve performance and efficiency.
Marriott announced that nationwide it has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 70,000 tons in one year - EPA calculates this reduction as the equivalent of removing 10,000 cars from United States roads - and is the first hotel company to proactively join EPA's Climate Leaders Program. Further, the company has set a five-year goal to reduce greenhouse gases by six percent per guest room by 2010.