Officials at the Westin Bonaventure in Los Angeles say the hotel has received L.A.’s first Green Seal Silver Certification, making it the largest environmentally responsible hotel in the city.
The 1,354-room hotel, Los Angeles’ largest (according to Wikipedia), earned the certification as a result of putting into effect a variety of energy-saving and waste reduction initiatives that management estimates will save the property approximately $225,000 each year. The Green Seal Silver Certificate is awarded through Green Seal, an independent environmental non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C.
To receive the certification, the 1.5 million square-foot property had to pass a preliminary Green Seal inspection and continue to pass monthly inspections. To receive the certification, the Westin Bonaventure now composts all left-over food from all food and beverage facilities inclusive of the restaurants and banquets events; reuses all wooden delivery pallets; participates in an extensive waste recycling program that is monitored monthly through a refuse account; adheres to an environmental purchasing policy; and uses light sensors and energy efficient light bulbs.
The Westin Bonavnture also replaced all paper, plastic and Styrofoam dining products with reusable dishware and encourages guests to reuse towels and sheets.
“We consider ‘greening’ the hotel to be our responsibility,” says Michael Czarcinski, managing director of the Westin Bonaventure. “By implementing these programs and monitoring them, we’re reinforcing that wasting resources is not an option. While some of these initiatives may seem simple, they’ve already made a noticeable difference in our energy use and waste output. The flick of a light switch is more significant than you think ― particularly in a hotel of this size. This is not something that’s optional or just a trend. We’re in a position to make a great deal of difference by reducing our carbon footprint.”
By 2012, the hotel expects to have replaced all its existing guestroom water fixtures with water-conserving fixtures, including faucets, aerators, showers, toilets and waterless urinals, saving as much as 10 million gallons of water per year.
Light sensors, already operating in all 27 meeting rooms, also will be added to all hotel linen closets during the next five years.
The 1,354-room Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites occupies a full city block in the heart of Los Angeles. Its glass towers have made it one of the most-photographed buildings in the world and a frequent ‘leading lady’ on the sets of Hollywood’s biggest films.
The property also features 110,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space, including the largest hotel ballroom in the city.
Guestrooms include amenities such as floor-to-ceiling views of the Los Angeles skyline and Westin’s Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath.
LA Prime, the hotel’s New York-style steakhouse restaurant, is located on the 35th floor, offering diners a spectacular view of the city. Executive Chef Andreas Nieto creates dishes known for innovative cuisine, featuring prime beef steaks, both wet and dry aged; lamb and veal chops; and fresh fish and shellfish. Are are enhanced with local produce and are accompanied by selections from the hotel’s award-winning wine cellar.
For more information on the West Bonaventure, visit the hotel’s Web site at www.thebonaventure.com.