Illinois Hotels: Taking Home The “Green” Ribbon In Eco-Friendly Initiatives
By Michael Jacobson President & CEO, Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association | October 06, 2019
Illinois hotels and their restaurant, banquet and spa outlets are – more than ever – dedicating resources to establish eco-friendly practices that aim to preserve our environment. In addition to numerous hotels being designed specifically to meet LEED certification requirements, there is an abundance of creative ways in which hotels are bringing mindfulness to their everyday business practices to do their part in supporting our natural resources.
These include initiatives ranging from monitoring for energy and water efficiency to reducing plastics, crafting sustainable wine lists and even placing used furniture with those in need.
As one of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association's core platforms, we explore how hotels nationwide can implement thoughtful, sustainable and turnkey practices as exemplified by others leading the way in this critical effort.
Reduction in Plastics
In the fight against plastic waste, hotels across the state are turning the tide on single-use plastics. To put this into perspective, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) -the corporation that claims brands like Holiday Inn and Kimpton Hotels and has 5,700 properties around the world-uses 200 million miniature plastic bottles for shampoo, lotion, and other bathroom amenities each year. This number is about to drastically change.