Grand Hyatt Kauai Receives State of Hawaii Green Business Award
The State of Hawaii recognized Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa for its outstanding clean energy efforts at the recent 2014 Hawaii Green Business Awards. The Green Business Program recognizes energy efficiency achievements by island businesses and is coordinated by the state Energy Office, state Department of Health and funded in part by the Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Southwest Region. Recipients must undergo an extensive internal audit, addressing everything from purchasing to energy use to waste management followed by an external site assessment. Businesses passing the review become part of the Green Business Program.
The resort was also recognized for this award in 2004 and 2010. Some of the conservation efforts undertaken since last awarded include:
· Replacing 15,000 CFL lightbulbs with LED’s, reducing lighting energy used by 70%.
· A guestroom renovation which incorporated low-flow showerheads, toilets, sink aerators, ceiling fans and carpets made with recycled yarns.
· New thermostats in guestrooms with sensors on lanai doors to turn air-conditioning off if door is open.
· A number of back-of-house projects including the installation of a cooling tower and heat pumps which reduce energy use for air-conditioning and heat rejection by 15-20% annually. Rejected heat produced by the air-conditioning system is used to heat the swimming pools and saltwater lagoon.
Other measures in place to reduce waste and conserve natural resources include:
· A photovoltaic system which produces 465,000 kWh per year of clean renewable energy.
· Recycle bins in each guestroom, as well as throughout the resort, encourage guests to deposit glass, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans.
· An average of 15 tons of recyclables are diverted monthly from the island’s landfill in addition to kitchen wet waste going to pig farmers and green waste to compost putting the resorts overall diversion rate at 40-60%.
· Allowing guests to choose if they want their linens changed each day saves over 500,000 gallons of water each year.
· Green Earth dry cleaning replaces petroleum-based solvents with silicone, from silica or sand.
Cumulatively the resort’s energy conservation efforts have resulted in a 17% reduction in energy used as compared to 10 years ago, 20% as compared to 15 years ago. This equates to a reduction in CO2 emissions of over 10,000 tons or more than 23 million miles driven by the average passenger car.
At the award ceremony, Lt. Gov. Tsutsui stated, “Honorees have proven themselves to be responsible stewards of business and the environment...showcasing a deep commitment to preserve and protect our precious natural resources…Efforts like these will reduce our impact on the environment and reliance on imported fossil fuels.”