Tying in nicely with this month's talking point on engaging guests in sustainability, The Westin Singapore (owned by Starwood) has launched a new scheme that measures and ranks guests' energy consumption.
Located on levels 38 and 39 of the hotel at Asia Square Tower 2, 56 green rooms have been designed to monitor and track energy consumption via a meter on the in-room IPTV system. The meter is colour coded and divided into three segments: Green, Amber and Red. Being in the green zone represents energy consumption levels that is 20% lower than the average energy consumption level for that room category. For every guest that achieves a green rank throughout their stay, the hotel will donate $1 to Unicef.
“For The Westin Singapore, we believe sustaining the environment and sustaining communities creates value for everyone and we are excited to invite our guests to be a part of this unique opportunity to improve our community and minimize our impact on the environment”, shares Lance J. Ourednik, General Manager of The Westin Singapore.
Engaging guests or encouraging responsibility for green issues is a constant challenge for luxury or business hotels. Earlier this month Green Hotelier spoke with Joanna McCaffrey, F&B Guest Relations Exec at the Connaught about how best to engage guests on sustainability  in a luxury setting. Leading by example is the preferred route for most hotels.
Up until now The Westin Singapore has simply informed guests of green initiatives such as energy efficient lighting, water conservation, room sensors, recycled packaging and Ecolab products. However, their Green Rooms initiative takes things one step further, putting the guest at the center of the sustainability challenge.
For more information, please visit www.TheWestinSingapore.com