Holiday Inn Conference Center & Marina-Solomons
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155 Holiday Dr
Solomons, MD 20688
Southern Maryland
410-326-6311
www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/solomons/slmmd/hoteldetail
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As a waterfront property and a responsible community partner,sustainability has been a core focus.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: Our environmental team consists of the General Manager, Director of Rooms, The Vice President of Operations and a representative of our Maintenance staff. We meet monthly to incorporate new ideas and review our progress. The mission of our committee is to examine all areas of operation from the cleaning of our rooms with an ionized water system; to the installation of water and energy reducers; to continuing our outreach to local charities and schools. Our mission is always to reduce waste first by recycling materials through charities to those with the greatest need.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Our annual goals are to reduce water and utility consumption by at least 14% overall. We are members of the Holiday Inn system known as "Green Engage" which allows us to measure and review our progress on a monthly basis. We are also working directly with our Energy vendor to adjust our operations and look at innovations to reduce energy usage. Our focus on reducing waste is to partner with civic organizations to reduce as much waste as possible through reuse. An example of this is our partnership with Clean The World where all of our used amenities are recycled to needy communities throughout the world. We also work with shelters, schools, local charities and Habit for Humanity to re-purpose used inventory items. Beyond that, we measure our recycling monthly to ensure we are reaching our Hallmarks. Our action plans includes such items as investing in an Ionized Water System for cleaning our guestrooms and public areas as well as working with our energy provider to make technological changes that have reduced our energy consumption by over 11% in the last year.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Ionized Water System for cleaning public areas and guest rooms. Purchasing from "Green Certified" vendors, incorporating only recycled paper products into all phases of our operation. Purchasing bulk food items instead of individual in our food service. Purchasing locally grown food items.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: We use Green Engage through Intercontinental Hotels Group. We also utilize SMECO's Business Solutions Program to monitor our progress.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletPerformed a waste stream audit to determine baseline waste data and identify waste reduction opportunities
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse cloth napkins and tablecloths
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletUse menus and table placards as opportunity to communicate green activities
bulletPrint menus on recycled FSC-certified, recycled-content paper with vegetable-based inks and include recycling symbols, recycled-content, and a message about the inks
bulletProvide organic, local or sustainable food choices
bulletUse screen-based ordering systems
bulletLaunder staff uniforms using wet or other environmentally friendly methods versus chemical-based dry cleaning
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
bulletReuse paint thinners
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletTrain staff effectively to use agrochemicals correctly and in proper applications
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bullet With our commitment to our Ionized cleaning system we have reduced our carbon footprint by using water instead of chemicals. Therefore, our waste is reduced because those chemicals and packaging never come into our facility.
Recycling
In each guestroom corrider, the lobby, public areas and in every meeting room or conference center, clearly marked recycling containers are provided for guest use.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPallets
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletOther: We recycle all used amenities through Clean The World Foundation. This partnership allows us to not only reduce our waste stream but to help provide hygiene products to needy communities throughout the world.
bulletWe recycle Aluminum and Building materials through Habitat for Humanity; Retired terry to the local Volunteer Fire Department; retired linens to local charities; Used amenities to Clean The World Foundation. All other materials are recycled through Bay Area Disposal.
bulletOur property is located in an area where a comprehensive recycling program is not available and have developed a written explanation of the recycling opportunities that are provided
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletUse microfiber technology mops
bulletDefrost foods ahead of time in refrigerators to avoid the need for running-water defrost
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletaerators on faucets (0.5 gpm or less for lavatory and 2.2 gpm or less for kitchen faucets)
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bulletlow flow urinals (1 gpf or less)
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
Kitchen
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletImplemented a startup / shutdown procedure which specifies timing for lighting, kitchen equipment, room temperature, etc.
bulletHave proper pilot light adjustment
bulletSetting / installing defrost timers for freezers
bulletInstalled high-efficient evaporator fans for freezers and refrigerators
bulletOptimized flow rates of exhaust hoods through upgraded equipment or side panels.
Lighting:
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:guest rooms and public areas
Heating and Cooling
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain staff on the process for optional linen service
bulletHave signage in each room explaining the linen reuse procedures
bulletHave water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linen service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Recycle Grease
We use the following best management practices:
bulletStore the grease and have it picked up by a rendering company
bulletPeriodically pump the grease traps
bulletFilter the grease to prolong its life
bulletHave a contract with grease filtering company that takes the grease away
Minimize Disposable Food Service Items
We use the following best management practices:
bulletUse disposable foodservice items made from bio-based, renewable materials (corn, bamboo, etc.)
bulletUse disposable foodservice items made with recycled content
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletMinimize the use of disposable food service items
bulletUse double-sided printing and copying
bulletUse recycled content paper and soy based ink
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-Adjusted work hours to correlate to public transportation.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-We have partnered with a company to provide local transportation with electric vehicles.
For guests:
bulletEncourage energy efficient vehicle usage
bulletProvide preferred parking for hybrid or other fuel efficient vehicles
bulletEducate guests on the availability of mass transit
bulletProvide electric golf cart hookup
Other:
bulletPrograms:Green Engage by Intercontinental hotels Group. SMECO Business Solutions Program Partnership with Clean The World Foundation
Measurable Results
In the last year we have reduced our energy consumption by 11%. We have recycled 52 Tons through our waste management company.