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Region 2

Serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and Eight Tribal Nations.

Guest Rooms

Energy

  • Open or close blinds in unused rooms based on season.
  • Set thermostat higher in summer and lower in winter.
  • Turn off heating and cooling systems in unoccupied rooms.
  • Group guests into blocks of occupied rooms.
  • Install digital thermostats in each room.
  • Purchase energy-efficient electronics and lighting.
  • Utilize guest room energy management systems (GEMS).

Waste

  • Offer recycling containers in each room or on each floor of the hotel.
  • Provide reusable mugs and cups in room.
  • Eliminate disposable plastic liners for ice buckets.
  • Use rechargeable batteries in remotes.
  • Use reusable coffee filters.
  • Place only frequently used amenities in rooms automatically.
  • Return clean guest laundry in reusable baskets rather than wrapped in plastic.
  • If you provide free newspapers to guests, make these available at central locations rather than delivery to each room.
  • When there is minimal trash in a room, encourage housekeepers to dump trash cans into a larger container rather than changing out the liner.
  • Develop a program to facilitate donation or sale of extraneous supplies, furniture, and electronics.
  • Consider using modular mattresses, which allow you to extend the life of the mattress by replacing mattress tops and other components.

Water

  • Offer guests an opportunity to reuse towels and linens.

Indoor Air Quality

  • Use less toxic materials in guest rooms.

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