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Chain hotels more likely to install green practices

Jan. 10 – Hyatt Hotels Corp., Marriott International Inc., Hilton Hotels & Resorts and other chain hotels are more likely to use energy-efficient light bulbs and water-saving bathroom fixtures than their independent hotelier counterparts, according to a recent study published in the International Journal of Hospitality Management.

The study, titled “How ´Green´ Are North American Hotels? An Exploration of Low-Cost Adoption Practices,” started as an undergraduate honors thesis by Washington State University student Stefani Svaren and surveyed 166 hotels that included chain and independent operations.

“Some independent hotels, for instance, are reluctant to switch to energy-efficient light bulbs because it can take years for them to see a return on their investment,” Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions, said in a statement. “However, a large chain may discover cost savings almost immediately.”

Enviro-Solutions manufactures green cleaning chemicals and products. The company markets to hotels throughout North America.

In addition, the study found that Midwest hotels are the most environmentally friendly in terms of their use of no-cost or low-cost green practices.

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