By Robert Ishihara
March 17, 2011, was definitely a green day for the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk®! St. Patrick’s Day is all about green and celebrations, and the team at the Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk® celebrated in its own green way with a special recognition ceremony by Governor Neil Abercrombie for the 2011 Green Business Program.
The celebration was one day, but the commitment began over a year ago and will continue into the future with new programs and products being implemented at the resort. Team members may have changed during the process, but the goal to reduce our environmental footprint by reducing the amount of resources we use is imbedded in everyone’s efforts. The team has also achieved corporate recognition for their efforts with a Gold Certificate in Wyndham’s national program to a “green” legacy in sustainability.
The resort has replaced and retrofitted all fixtures with incandescent bulbs to compact and implemented energy saving occupancy sensors in offices and public restrooms. From 2008-2010, the resort has reduced kWh consumption by 5.4%, and reduced gas usage by 6.5%. All guestrooms now feature low-flow showerheads, low-flow toilets, and sink aerators to decrease water consumption. Guest amenities and cleaning supplies were migrated to earth-friendly products. All reusable hotel items such as furniture, dishes, small appliances, and carpeting have been donated to local charities and schools.
The Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk® team was invited to the Governor’s Chambers and recognized along with six other resorts throughout the islands, including the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, JW Marriott Ihilani, Kahala Resort, Kilauea Lakeside Estate, Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, and Turtle Bay Resort. The recognition brought a great feeling to everyone at the resort. Each and every one of the team knows this commitment is a change in business practices into the future, and each gladly welcome the challenge.
You, too, can participate in sustainability with Earth Hour 2011 this Saturday, March 26, 2011. Turn off your lights and any other non-essential electrical items for one hour starting at 8:30 p.m. The Wyndham way is—earth day is everyday!