Cornell invites hotels to participate in third annual industry study of sustainability performance

Cornell featuredCornell University Centre for Hospitality Research (CHR) is inviting hotels to participate in the third annual industry study of sustainability performance benchmarking of energy, water, and carbon emissions.

The study conducted by Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration faculty last year saw eleven hotel companies including Hilton, Hyatt, IHG, Mandarin Oriental, and Marriott – supporting the study with over 4,750 hotels globally. This year’s study will expand its global locations and segments, add hotel types to the benchmarking results, and further analyse the drivers of energy and water usage.

Director of Corporate Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability at IHG, Maury Wolfe, said: “We encourage more hotel owners and operators to join us in this industry effort. Collectively we’re able to fill the long-standing gap of providing accurate sustainability benchmarks to stakeholders across the hotel industry.”

Participants in the study receive a confidential performance report that includes comparative benchmarking by market, a data validity test, and a carbon footprint generated through a unified calculation method. Data will be aggregated and analysed in the industry study, ready for publication in the spring of 2016.

Maxime Verstraete, Vice President of Sustainability & ADA Compliance at Hilton Worldwide said, “Participation in CHSB’s annual study allows us to vet all of the environmental data analysis we do through LightStay, our sustainability performance measurement platform.”

Any properties or hotel groups interested to participate in the study should contact Eric Ricaurte of Greenview at eer3@cornell.edu for further details.

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