Feature: The InterContinental San Francisco - Green Luxury
By Harry Hobbs Area Director of Engineering, InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco | June 10, 2012
What is green luxury? At the InterContinental San Francisco, it's second nature. But how this term translates to our guests, employees, and to our community is of utmost importance to us as an industry leader in the hospitality arena.
When leisure or business travelers check in to a four-star hotel, they expect a certain level of service, comfort, and amenities, to name a few key tenets. A common perception is that these luxuries are delivered at a cost not only to the guest but to the environment. This doesn't have to be true-a luxury hotel can also be green and adhere to principles of sustainability, environmental consciousness, and conservation.
At the InterContinental San Francisco, we endeavor to go many steps further with our commitments to LEED Gold Certification, Energy Star, waste diversion, and high quality local and organic food products. Some assume that taking on this important responsibility in our community and our environment comes at the cost of sacrificing the expected level of luxury. However, our entire team-from our general manager, to our Michelin-star chef, to the dedicated housekeeping staff, believes in creative and strategic solutions that meet both goals simultaneously. Green luxury at the InterContinental San Francisco provides discerning guests with an exceptional experience while meeting our vital goal of saving money and our world's precious resources.
Why the InterContinental San Francisco Chose to Implement Green Luxury as a 24/7 Approach
Before we opened the hotel in 2008, every one of our employees was sworn to the following oath; "I pledge to do everything I can to improve and sustain my world at work and minimize my impact on the environment by taking all actions possible to reduce packaging, reuse whenever possible, and always recycle." This goal still rings true today, as we continually find new ways to delight our guests while furthering our commitment to green processes and policies.
The InterContinental San Francisco chose to focus on green practices because it's the responsible thing to do. As a result, we appreciate the impact on our guests and our community as well as the opportunity to become innovators, educators and set the tone for other hotels to follow. The InterContinental San Francisco is often chosen by national organizations to host events based on our leadership in responsible business practices.