Since Earth Day there has been a significantly large amount of green initiative announcements across the hospitality industry. One green guestroom upgrade really caught our attention. The Westin Verasa Napa has announced the completion of the HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) Gem Link System instillation to each of their guest rooms that will increase energy savings and guests’ experience. The HVAC technology offers guests a seamless experience while still respecting the environment.
In an effort to save energy in Northern California, the HVAC Gem Link devices use radio frequency sensors to recognize when a guest is in the room and adjusts the temperature to a pre-selected energy saving level, which can be manually adjusted by guests if need be. With the new technology, the hotel is estimated to save 223,302.66 kWh per year, which equates to $34,581 per year and also reduces emissions of CO2 emissions by 117,021.83 lb each year.
This technology upgrade is far from The Westin Verasa’s first green initiative. They have implemented numerous other eco-friendly programs to diminish its environmental footprint. A sampling of some of its green practices and improvements includes: organic and hazardous waste management; high-efficiency lighting (LEDs and CFLs); “GreenVent” technology for kitchen exhaust systems, including in the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, La Toque; and a comprehensive recycling and composting program.