Green Ideas & Practices at Saigon Hotel
1. Create a ‘green team’ at the hotel with the goal of continual improvement and scheduled re-evaluation and reporting.
2. Create an incentive program to encourage your staff to participate in and improve upon environmentally-friendly practices.
3. Writing Environmental Cards for communicating green practices to our hotel’s guests.
4. Provide yearly staff training on green practices throughout the buildings and grounds and post informational posters in break rooms and guest areas.
5. Educate our staff to:
- Turn off lights and turn down air conditioning in unoccupied rooms or employee-only areas
- Continually check for and respond to leaking faucets and toilets
- Continually check for and power down unused hotel equipment (i.e., kitchen exhaust fans) that have been left running
- Report opportunities to reduce resource consumption
- Make sure all rooms have linen reuse cards for both towels and sheets
Water and Energy
1. Install a renewable energy system onsite.
2. Implement best practices no-or low-cost energy-efficiency.
3. Start a linen (both towels and sheets) reuse program in all guest rooms.
4. To reduce operational costs, water and energy.
5. Add a sign to your public bathrooms letting people know how to report leaks.
6. Switch to LED regular and tube lights in guest rooms, lobbies, and hallways.
7. Use daylighting/occupancy sensors and/or timers for as many office, common areas and exterior areas of the hotel as possible.
8. Install keycard master switches or occupancy sensors in guest rooms that control lights, electronics, blinds and temperature settings.
9. Consult outside sources to evaluate the total system when replacing major mechanical equipment (such as chiller, water tower, etc). Often, this can lead to downsizing and other opportunities to reduce both the initial investment and operating costs.
10. Use daylight exclusively in hotel lobby, bar, and restaurant for as much of the day as possible.
11. Install window film to lower heating and cooling loads and reduce glare where required.
12. Make sure all waste-water is being properly treated either through an onsite or municipal sewage system.
Recycling and Waste
1. Provide guest room recycler baskets for newspaper, paper, glass, aluminum, cardboard, metal and plastic.
2. Provide recycling bins both in public areas (i.e., poolside), in the kitchen, and in the back office (including one at each desk) to make recycling as easy as possible.
3. Learn about local hazardous waste collection (i.e., paint, coating, printer cartridges, mercury CFL bulbs, electronics, batteries etc.) and keep a separate bin to store these for drop off.
1. Include filter changes, refrigerator coil cleaning, thermostat calibration, water leak checks, and damper adjustments in hotel ongoing maintenance plan. At least quarterly, check that all building energy and water equipment are functioning properly.
2. Track energy, water and waste use weekly and monthly through an internal tracking system. Make repairs or replace equipment when usage changes indicate problems. With waste, the best way to reduce it is to analyze several days worth of waste and look for specific ways to reduce it going forward.
3. Consider Green Roofing.
1. Take steps to reduce food waste.
2. Reduce use of plastic items, replace by natural material made products.
3. Quick water and/or energy savers:
- Check the flow rate of the pre-rinse spray valve. Insulate hot water pipes.
- Train kitchen employees to turn off ventilation hoods when the cooking appliances are off.
- Learn about other water and energy saving opportunities.
4. Provide reusable items such as cloth napkins, glass cups, silver wear, ceramic dishes, etc. with all food and beverage services.
1. Buy environmentally-friendly paper (copier paper, toilet paper, , etc.):
- With high post-consumer recycled content
- Made without the use of toxic chemicals such as chlorine or mercury
2. Minimize the amount of paper used for each guest and in the office.
3. Buy office and guest amenity products that contain recycled material and in bulk containers.
4. Buy organic, biodegradable, fair trade, locally-produced, cruelty-free guest amenity products (hair and body care, coffee and tea, etc.) with minimal (or recycled), plastic-free packaging whenever possible.
Guests and Guest Rooms
1. Offer discounted rates to sustainable living/environmental organizations who would like stay at and/or hold meetings at the hotel.
2. Donate leftover guest amenities, old furniture and appliances to charities.
3. Donate used soap and shampoo to people in need through local shelters or organizations.
4. Provide glass cups and ceramic mugs (instead of plastic) for in-room beverages. Place cups and mugs upside down on paper doilies (instead of covering opening with a plastic wrapping).
5. Whenever possible, buy food and guest amenities in bulk (use refillable shampoo, liquid soap, hair conditioner dispensers).