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Seaport Hotel: among the greenest
After 2005’s BuildingEnergy conference, the first at Boston’s Seaport Hotel, NESEA urged the conference venue to embrace sustainability. It did, embarking on an ambitious effort to green the facility that landed it on a ForbesTraveler.com list of the greenest hotels in the United States. We could hardly be more pleased. Kudos, Seaport.
For our part, since 2011, we’ve been offsetting the impact of the electricity used at BE with clean wind power from Mass Energy and People’s Power & Light’s New England Wind Fund program.
Multiple awards for sustainability
Seaport has been the recipient of several green awards:
• Boston Green Business Awards
• Mass Lodging Association Good Earth Keeping Award
• DEP Waste Wise Innovation Award
• Winner of 2009 EcoRace Recycling Challenge (BOMA Boston)
• Winner of 2009 EcoRace Innovation Award (BOMA Boston)
Reduced energy use
Over four years, Seaport reduced its energy use by 14 percent by instituting a smart thermostat program in guest rooms and replacing 100 percent of guest room and parking garage lightbulbs with compact fluorescents.
Reduced materials use
Key cards are made from 100 percent recycled material.
Reduced water use
Low-flow toilets (1.28 gpf) save 200,000 gallons of water every year. The nearly 18 tons of old toilets were donated to Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Haiti.
Food waste processed on-site
Seaport uses Waste-to-Water’s Bio-EZ system to rapidly decompose organic food waste into a liquid that can be safely discharged into the public waste disposal system. It was the first location in New England to use such a system.
Aggressive recycling and composting programs
As of 2008, Seaport was diverting 43 percent of its waste from the landfill through recycling and composting programs. That adds up to hundreds of tons of material. It was the first Boston hotel to institute in-room recycling—inspiring other city hotels to follow suit.
After initially replacing all of its chemical cleaners with natural cleaners, Seaport went on to adopt a chemical-free electrolyzed water system in its housekeeping and kitchen departments. It was among the first five hotels in the country to do so.
Fueled by waste cooking oil
Since 2006, Seaport has been turning its waste cooking oil into biodiesel, which is used to power the hotel laundry truck. A true 360-degree story.
Electric vehicle charging station
For electric vehicles, Seaport provides a free charging station—and free parking.
A low-chlorine swimming pool
Seaport was the first hotel in the country to use Grander water technologies, which reduced the amount of chlorine in the hotel pool by 50 percent.
Seaport was also one of the first properties in Boston—and only a dozen or so nationwide—to provide rooms for guests sensitive to irritants.