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The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa
1 Resort Drive • Savannah, Georgia 31421 · United States • Phone: (912) 201-2000 · Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8457
Local Time: 3:52 PM • Weather: Sunny, 66 °F
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Green Initiatives

RECENT NEWS:

The Westin Savannah Harbor earns prestigious GreenSeal Silver Level Certification. PRESS RELEASE

Clean the World partnership brings soap products to domestic shelters and developing nations worldwide. PRESS RELEASE

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa recognizes that sustainability is not just about writing a policy, it’s a way of life.

We value the health of our community and our planet and will work to constantly improve our energy, resource, and water use, as well as minimize our waste disposal.

As part of our journey towards sustainability, we have achieved Silver Level Certification from Green Seal (www.greenseal.org), a non-profit organization committed to environmental standard setting, product certification, and public education. In addition, the Club at Savannah Harbor has achieved Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Certification (www.acspgolf.auduboninternational.org), which is administered by Audubon International for success in environmental stewardship.

Environmental Mission
To strike a balance between business goals and environmental and cultural stewardship

Steering Committee
The Sustainability Council serves as the steering committee for sustainable decisions. The council members are fluent in the initiatives at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa, and work to ensure that the policy is maintained and future goals are met.

Waste Reduction Initiatives

  • Recycling bins are available throughout the Resort in public areas and each guest room. Single-stream recycling means that items do not need to be separated or sorted. Recyclable items include paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and tin
  • Reduced packaging used when possible, such as bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms and recyclable amenity bottles for guests
  • Sale and donation of used furniture, paint and appliances to local non-profit agencies
  • Heavenly Bed™mattresses include a zip-on pillow top. This portion can be refreshed without replacement of entire mattress
  • Confidential document shredding and recycling
  • Sustainable meetings include use of white boards, bulk condiments and energy-efficient digital signage, use of eMenus, eProposals and digital contracts
  • Donation of used kitchen grease to a local biodiesel program
  • E-folio program allows guests to receive final bill electronically, eliminating printed bills 
  • Printing preferences for all work stations within the resort are set to double-sided
  • Refurbishing of outdoor furniture instead of buying new
  • Partnership with Clean the World (www.cleantheworld.org), the largest global recycler of hotel amenities
  • Collection and recycling of all CFL bulbs and all batteries; rechargeable batteries are used as appropriate
  • Cardboard baler available on-site
  • All room keys contain 43% post-consumer waste (PCW)
  • Use only recycled paper products (minimum 30% PCW)
  • Discontinued the use of Styrofoam; all to-go packaging is recyclable
  • Audio visual and computer equipment recycling
  • Scrap metal and large items are transported to recycling centers as needed

Water Reduction Initiatives

  • Bed linen and towel conservation program save water and energy as well as reducing use of soap products
  • Make a Green Choice program in effect, where guests can forego housekeeping service on multiple night stays in return for 500 SPG points or $5 food and beverage credit on property
  • Heavenly ™ shower heads are low-flow at 2.5 gallons per minute
  • Low-flow faucet aerators on all sinks and low-flow toilets installed throughout the resort
  • Use of effluent (reclaimed) water to irrigate the golf course and hotel landscaping
  • Implemented drip irrigation to hotel and club deck planters, shrubs and landscape beds
  • Installed rain sensors on all irrigation controllers
  • Selection of perennial and indigenous landscape planting materials versus annual plantings

Energy Reduction Initiatives

  • All light bulbs in the hotel (with the exception of certain public areas with decorative lighting) are energy-efficient fluorescent (CFL) bulbs
  • Utilization of natural lighting in lobby, guest rooms and restaurants
  • Energy Management System for Hotel and Club is computer operated and programmed to heat/cool areas only when needed; zones are cycled off at night or put in "night mode"
  • Energy-efficient film on all windows in the hotel
  • Use of energy-efficient technology by audio visual provider, such as LED lighting and Energy Star products when possible
  • Use of natural gas for heating, hot water and cooking
  • Purchase of Energy Star appliances such as ice machines, washer/dryer, mechanical, kitchen and office equipment
  • Carbon dioxide sensors installed in meeting and public space cycle on HVAC systems only when needed
  • Unoccupied guest rooms are left with all lights and electronics off, and temperature set to an appropriate level based on the season

Pollution/Carbon Reduction Initiatives

  • More than 80% of utility fleet is made up of electric carts
  • Trash dumpster is electronically monitored, decreasing the number of times that it is picked up by the waste management company, thereby reducing use of diesel fuel
  • Resort pool uses a salt water system, eliminating the purchase of chlorine
  • Use of EcoLab Green Seal-certified cleaning chemicals
  • Sustainable meetings include use of environmentally friendly chafing fuel
  • Chemicals contain no or minimal chlorine and are biodegradable
  • Products with low or no VOC off-gassing potential are preferred (this applies to cleaning products, paints, building materials, rugs and carpets, furniture and furnishings, laminated products, adhesives, sealants, caulking compounds, office supplies)
  • Pest control and dry cleaning service providers utilize the least-toxic methods available, and non-chemical methods are used when appropriate
  • Cooling tower has been converted to a chemical-free system, allowing used water to be used for landscaping or to enter storm drains without harm to the environment

Miscellaneous and Future Initiatives

  • Purchase local seafood and local organic vegetables when available, sustainable banquet menus available with free-range chicken, seasonal and signature South Georgia ingredients, such as Wild Georgia Shrimp
  • No aluminum used for cooking
  • Use of herbs grown in an on-site herb garden
  • Chiller optimization project will control chilled water flow based on external data (due in 2013)
  • Upgraded lighting dimmer system will include occupancy sensors for meeting rooms (due by 2013)
  • Heavenly Spa™ retail products have been selected with packaging and ingredients as a priority; priori line uses recyclable packaging and Farmhouse Fresh line has biodegradable packaging
Purchasing Policies
  • When environmentally friendly products are available through corporate procurement, they are tested and selected over less environmentally-friendly alternatives
  • Life cycle cost and certifications are considered when purchasing products
  • Environmentally responsible service providers are preferred
  • The Sustainability Council sets and reviews goals for each of the above areas on an annual basis, ensuring that ongoing improvement occurs

 

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