It is not often that a luxury hotel can boast of having a full-time green practices manager on its staff. But The New York Palace in Manhattan is not just another hotel. Green is the order of the day and this New York hotel actually has 2011 green initiatives in effect. These include running on 100 percent renewable power and conducting a Green Meetings programme.
The New York Palace houses 899 rooms and as of New Year’s Day is Manhattan’s largest hotel to run on 100 percent renewable energy. By buying renewable energy certificates from Hess Corporation, the hotel has actually saved 22 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
The New York Palace is also participating in the ‘Clean the World’ programme. Each month, the hotel accumulates and donates about 500 pounds of lightly-used soap and other amenities. These are then sanitised at the Clean the World Recycling Operations Centre before being given away to poor people around the world. The Clean the World programme operates in 30 countries across the world. In this way, a great deal of landfill waste is reduced. The New York Palace also recycles over a tonne of plastic each year. The hotel’s Green Meetings programme has come up with a number of green steps including serving water in non-plastic containers.
A few weeks ago, I had posted about the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, in Jamaica being awarded a Green Globe Certification for its eco-friendly initiatives. Certainly, hotels like this are a reminder that green initiatives need not compromise on the luxurious life.