Aloft at Arundel Mills
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7522 Teague Rd
Hanover, MD 21076
Central Maryland
443-577-0077
www.aloftarundelmills.com
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Because as good stewards of our planet, it is incumbent upon each person and business to leave it better than we found it.
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Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Steve Holland, Chris Dabi, Jayquin Bella, Dalia Rentas. The team meets weekly.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Reduce energy by 30% and water by 20%. Also, we provide carbon disclosure reporting and participate in the sustainable meetings practice program.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Cleaning supplies that have the least environmental impact possible.
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 bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
bulletUse refillable shampoo bottles rather than single-use bottles
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletLaunder staff uniforms using wet or other environmentally friendly methods versus chemical-based dry cleaning
Restrooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletUse high-efficiency hand-dryers
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
Registration / Office
bulletUse electronic, paperless registration
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
bulletUse refillable pens and toner cartridges
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletOffer Leave No Trace tips and green travel education to guests
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Buildings and Grounds
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletInstall carpet with sustainable or recycled content
bulletUse low VOC adhesives
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
Recycling
Bins and receptacles in the lobby and rooms. Instructions for our Green Rewards Program to decline housekeeping.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletBatteries
bulletCardboard
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFood Wastes
bulletGlass
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletNewspaper
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPlastic
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletWaste Management, Inc.
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
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
bulleta WaterSense-rated pre-rinse dishwasher valve (1.6 gpm or less)
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletmetering
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
bulletInstalled timers on the ice-machine to avoid peak demand usage
bulletOptimized flow rates of exhaust hoods through upgraded equipment or side panels.
bulletUpgraded to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package
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
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave geothermal heating and cooling
bulletHave programmable thermostats for each room and ensure they are properly adjusted
bulletHave a centrally controlled HVAC system that is activated only when occupied
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHave ENERGY STAR rated windows and doors
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
bulletJoined ENERGY STAR's Low Carbon IT challenge
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
bulletTrack optional linen participation rate
bulletHave water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linen service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletInclude information on Green Events / Weddings / Meetings / Conferences in our marketing materials
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletUse electronic registration, correspondence and forms
bulletActivities we undertake to make our events green are:We use recycled and eco-friendly items for marketing and giveaways.
Other Green Practices
Transportation:
We use the following best management practices:
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-We offer free shuttle service to minimize the use of multiple vehicles for business travel.
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
bulletOffer shuttle service to/from mass transit locations
bulletProvide electric charging stations
Other:
bulletPrograms:GreenSeal-33, The Green Key, Green Tourism Business Scheme, Green Key Eco-Rating Program.
Other Innovative / Creative / Commonsense Green ideas:
bulletChairs in rooms made of 41% recycled content. Art mounted on recycled tires. Cushions made of soy. Re-usable laundry bag. Wood bed frames from certified forests. 3-way CFL/LED bulbs throughout. Anti-microbial carpet pad. Filtered Water.
Measurable Results
By switching to low flow water fixtures and showerheads, water consumption was reduced by 235.25 gallons per year per room.