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“We are proud to announce that the DoubleTree and Hilton Seattle Airport hotels have achieved Green Seal Silver certifications,” said Dr. Arthur Weissman, president and CEO of Green Seal. “This achievement illustrates these hotels’ commitment to their guests, staff, and community through environmental leadership.”
Green Seal is the leading independent eco-label in the United States, and the Green Seal Standard for Hotels and Lodging Properties is one of the most robust environmental standards in the hospitality industry.
“Earning the Green Seal certification has been a large undertaking for each hotel,” said Frank Welton, general manager of the DoubleTree and Hilton Seattle Airport hotels. “I can’t express how proud I am of our staff. They worked with Green Seal for over two years to make sure we are environmentally responsible in all aspects of our properties.”
To achieve certification, a hotel must meet and keep to stringent guidelines set out by the standard. These include responsibilities in waste management, energy efficiency, water conservation, waste-water management and green procurement. A certified property’s records, processes and procedures are evaluated and an on-site audit of the property is conducted. Certified hotels also submit to annual monitoring to ensure continued compliance.
In addition to earning the Green Seal certification, the DoubleTree and Hilton Seattle Airport hotels were the recipients of the 2012 Washington Lodging Association Good Earthkeeping Award for their efforts in the community. This includes their commitment to Food Lifeline an organisation whose purpose is to end hunger in Western Washington. The partnership with Food Lifeline allows the hotels to collect safe, excess food from events and conferences that would otherwise be thrown away, and deliver it to those in need.
“During each conference there is the potential for large amounts of food to go to waste, while at the same time many people in the Seattle region do not have enough to eat,” says Welton.
The food donations further the DoubleTree and Hilton Seattle Airport hotels’ goals of promoting sustainability and reducing waste output in the community. They also partner with the Global Soap Project which recycles and donates hotel soap to various communities. Additionally the hotels are committed to a project which makes towel and bathrobe donations to a local church, as well as the Hilton Worldwide mattress recycle programme, and donating guest amenities like shampoo and conditioner to local shelters.
Their activities have ensured both hotels have been recognised by King County as a best workplace for recycling and waste reduction.
The hotels were also awarded the 2013 TripAdvisor Green Leader silver award and the certificate of excellence.