Hotels wanted for new Cornell benchmarking study

Cornell study seeks hotels to participate

Cornell study seeks hotels to participate

Hotels are being asked to participate in the third annual industry study of sustainability performance benchmarking of energy, water, and carbon emissions.

Last year eleven hotel companies – including Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Mandarin Oriental, Marriott, and Wyndham – supported the study with over 4,750 hotels globally. This year’s study will expand its global locations and segments, add hotel types to the benchmarking results, and further analyse the drivers of energy and water usage.

The more properties and chains that participate, the more detailed the data.

Maury Wolfe, Director of Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability, at IHG said, “We encourage more hotel owners and operators to join us in this industry effort. Collectively we’re able to fill the long-standing gap of providing accurate sustainability benchmarks to stakeholders across the hotel industry.”

Cornell Hotel Sustainability Benchmarking (CHSB) 2016 is an initiative of the Cornell University Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), Greenview, and an industry advisory group.

Participants in the study receive a confidential performance report that includes comparative benchmarking by market, a data validity test, and a carbon footprint generated through a unified calculation method. Data will be aggregated and analysed in the industry study, ready for publication in the spring of 2016.

Maxime Verstraete, Vice President of Sustainability & ADA Compliance at Hilton Worldwide said, “Participation in CHSB’s annual study allows us to vet all of the environmental data analysis we do through LightStay, our sustainability performance measurement platform.”

Any properties or hotel groups interested to participate in the study should contact Eric Ricaurte of Greenview at for further details.

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