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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina recertified by Green Seal for sustainable lodging practices

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The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina off Harbor Drive is known for its sustainable business practices. Courtesy photo

Green Seal Inc., the leading organization in identifying and promoting sustainability in the marketplace, announced that the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has been recertified with the Green Seal Standard for hotels and lodging properties at the gold- level.

The property is the first public hotel to earn the most distinguished Gold seal certification in October 2010 and is the largest, full-service gold level certified property in the United States.

Green Seal's evaluations are based on state-of-the-art science and information using internationally recognized methods and procedures. To earn the coveted Green Seal, a hotel must meet the Green Seal environmental standard as demonstrated by rigorous evaluation and on-site visits.

The inspection required the Sheraton to meet a checklist of criteria that included environmental compliance, waste minimization and recycling, bulk and environmentally preferable product purchasing, use of energy-efficient equipment and supplies, and water conservation measures.

“The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has a long legacy of doing our part to keep the environment healthy. That’s why throughout the years, we’ve continued to implement ways to conserve water and energy at our green hotel,” says Scott Hermes, CMP general manager of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. “Even though much of what we have may not be obvious to all our guests, our sustainability efforts and environmental commitments are reflected everywhere -- something we know guests and meeting planners seek out and appreciate.”

As one of the first hotels in North America to be powered by electricity generated on-site from fuel-cell power technology, the Sheraton has been a leader in the green building race for many years. To further strengthen their sustainable technologies and operational practices, the Sheraton has established a strong two-pronged approach to sustainability through corporate initiatives from Starwood Hotels and Resorts (NYSE: HOT). This partnership has continued to lead to a successful green building foundation.

The hotel diverts more than 70 percent of waste materials from landfills and is pursuing a goal of operating as a “Zero-Waste” facility. Additionally, the Sheraton is ahead of pace to achieve its 30/20 by 2020 goal, where a 30 percent energy consumption reduction and 20 percent water consumption reduction may be reached well ahead of the goal.

In addition to the Green Seal Gold certification, in 2013 the Sheraton earned Gold in TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, the second highest possible ranking. Previously the hotel has received the highest level of recognition, Two Palm Tree Leadership, from California Green Lodging, the CHLA Good Earthkeeping Award, and was a two-time winner of the city of San Diego’s Recycler of the Year.

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is owned by Host Hotels and Resorts and leases the hotel site from the San Diego Unified Port District. It is operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

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