At Hotel Pennsylvania, we don’t just take pride in being one of the best places to stay in New York City. We also take pride in doing our part to protect the environment. Recently we scored a major victory in our efforts to conserve water use at our accommodations in Midtown Manhattan, and won the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Energy Star award for the 2015 National Building Competition. This win comes after massive efforts, and considerable competition, making it even more of a reason to celebrate.
Energy Star’s National Building Competition included over 1,600 buildings across the country, from hotels like ours to new homes and industrial facilities. At final count, Hotel Penn ranked among the top 25% most energy efficient commercial buildings in the nation, and one of only two hotels in Manhattan to win the award. To be certified as Energy Star, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by the EPA. This means a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.
The National Building Competition, modeled on The Biggest Loser, has buildings compete by benchmarking their energy use in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, tracking the cutbacks on energy waste with a mid-point weigh-in. Then, at the end of the competition, the building that reduces its energy use the most on a percentage basis is declared the winner; other categories are decided in addition to the biggest “loser” as well.
For more information, read our official press release, and keep following us for news of future achievements as we continue our eco-friendly NYC hotel practices.
18 Jul 2016