• Beyond the Twice-Used Towel: Using PACE Financing to "Green" Hotels
  • February 2, 2017 | Author: Anne Alexander
  • Law Firm: Pircher, Nichols & Meeks - Los Angeles Office
  • It is no secret in the hospitality industry that a tremendous amount of energy, water and other resources is required to serve guests. However, the industry as a whole has taken steps to become more energy and resource efficient within the last ten years. We are all familiar with the placards found in most hotel rooms today, asking guests to indicate whether they want their sheets and towels changed on a daily basis or whether they will use them again. While hotels historically washed sheets and towels every night even when there was no turnover in the room. Now, many hotels will leave sheets and towels unchanged as the default, requiring guests to call the front desk if they want more frequent service. Notwithstanding the changes that hotels have implemented to become more efficient in their use of energy and other resources, hotels still are huge consumers of energy. This is particularly true of hotels with around-the-clock amenities, such as multiple food and beverage venues, a pool, fitness center, conference center and ballroom.