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HEI Hotels & Resorts

Norwalk, Connecticut

ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year

HEI Hotels & Resorts is a leading hospitality investment company that acquires, develops, owns, and operates upperscale and luxury hotels and resorts, with a current portfolio of 33 hotels and more than 7.8 million square feet throughout the United States. HEI is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for success in improving energy performance through a combination of energy efficiency projects, operational changes, and promoting energy-conscious behavior among employees. Key accomplishments include: 

  • Reducing company-wide energy consumption by more than 8 percent in 2009, totaling 24 percent since 2006, the majority of which can be attributed directly to operational awareness.
  • Developing a custom energy dashboard called the Energy Looking Glass (ELG) to supplement Portfolio Manager in tracking a property's energy usage, allowing chief engineers to compare a hotel's daily energy use to the same day in the prior year, and immediately identify any need for adjustments--communicating to all associates the correlation between energy savings and positive impacts on the environment.
  • Launching a company-wide, performance-based incentive program for hotels in the same brand group to compete to improve energy performance. Chief engineers and general managers at winning hotels receive substantial prizes on a quarterly basis.
  • Promoting energy efficiency to its 5,000 employees by rolling out an energy conservation standard operating procedure, Social Responsibility program, and training video; displaying ENERGY STAR Bring Your Green to Work posters throughout hotels and corporate offices; and launching an additional incentive program to award gift cards and ENERGY STAR qualified flat-screen televisions to all staff at the top three most energy-improved hotels.