Thrive Thursday: A Look at Brigitta’s Favorite Sustainable Hotels
As you can imagine, it is incredibly difficult for me to choose my favorite examples of environmental sustainability taking place at Hyatt hotels when there are so many inspiring examples around the world. In fact, it’s nearly impossible to compare their efforts “apples to apples” as there is no one-size-fits-all approach to sustainability. Every hotel has its own unique set of challenges and opportunities determined by factors such as their country, climate, physical infrastructure, and market segment.
At Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, sustainability is literally in the Costa Rican resort’s DNA. Designed to complement the natural contours of the hillside on which it is located, the hotel was constructed as a number of small, distinct-purpose buildings rather than a massive, all-encompassing tower. All of the restaurants and several spa treatment rooms feature outdoor areas protected against both sun and rain reducing the need for air-conditioning. Taking advantage of the gravity-induced pressurization of the domestic water supply (due to its origin from a municipal storage tank located high on the hill behind the resort), no electrically-driven pumps are required to circulate potable water throughout the property. With such innovative design and technology in place, the resort is a perfect example of sustainable design and construction.
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead stands out to me for persistently incorporating sustainability into the daily operations of their hotel. For this team, sustainability is naturally engrained in the day-to-day routine. At the end of 2013, the hotel completed its latest sustainability project – the installation of the Intelligent Demand Side Management (iDSM) solution. This system helps the hotel’s buildings to effectively optimize energy consumption by monitoring and automating equipment to reduce energy-draw during specified time intervals when they are not essential for building operations or guest comfort. This most recent enhancement was implemented on the heels of the hotel’s previous installation of a 30,000 gallon rainwater harvesting system. It is clear that this hotel continues to think “outside the box” to reduce its environmental impact.
Finally, Park Hyatt Maldives is surrounded by breathtaking nature on a pristine island, and I love that sustainability comes naturally for them. Not only was the property built around existing trees and coral, but a resident marine biologist leads the hotel’s conservation efforts, from monitoring coral health and fish stock to raising awareness among associates and guests. Plus, the hotel has made a concerted effort to educate the local community on sustainability best practices conducting free environment awareness classes and even providing scuba safety techniques and coral reef preservation to local fisherman. The resort’s innovative solutions such as utilizing reclaimed generator exhaust heat for heating water and an onsite system for drinking water purification, the hotel has earned numerous accolades such as TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and Silver EarthCheck certification.
Our hotel associates are constantly impressing me with how they bring Hyatt Thrive to life in their communities, and I’m proud to call them my colleagues and friends.