by Joel Shuler
San Antonio’s Grand Hyatt is going green in a big way. The local River Walk vacation (or STAYcation) destination has embraced Hyatt’s corporate-wide Hyatt Earth environmental sustainability initiative and in the process earned a couple of noteworthy eco-friendly accolades.
The Grand Hyatt recently received GreenLeader Silver status in the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program, which identifies hotels that engage in green practices like recycling, water and energy efficiency. The hotel also received 4 Green Keys from the Green Key Eco Rating Program, the only program in the U.S. and Canada that conducts on-site inspections and validates eco ratings. The Grand Hyatt and the Hyatt Regency are the only two local hotels with 4 Green Keys. Hotels that participate in the Green Key program are committed to improving their environmental and operational performance.
“Across the Hyatt family, it is our responsibility to guide and accelerate this process wherever possible to limit Hyatt’s impact on the natural environment, and we take that to heart here in San Antonio,” says Kyle Stevens, area director of sales for Grand Hyatt and Hyatt Regency.
When you visit the Grand Hyatt, you likely won’t notice all of the environmental efficiency-focused changes because they are built into the way the hotel operates. Things like compact fluorescent lighting and lighting control systems, faucet aerators and automatic faucet controls, low-flow showerheads, programmable laundry equipment and a hot water temperature reset schedule for the kitchen and laundry systems are all behind-the-scenes energy-saving components.
You also wouldn’t know that the Grand Hyatt offers complementary bus passes to its employees to encourage efficient commuting or that it has an education program on energy-saving practices for its employees. But if you look closely, you may notice the comprehensive recycling program and you’ll probably see information in your guest room about the voluntary towel and sheet reuse program.