Hilton Worldwide encourages Hilton Team members and franchise employees to operate as efficiently as possible and make “environmentally smart choices”. Hilton Washington Dulles is an avid participant in trying to promote a greener lifestyle inside the hotel. Each department has a hand in our overall goal of sustainability. It’s Environmental Team Work.
We began with changing out old light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs and LED bulbs in our ballroom chandeliers and parking lot lights. This is an ongoing process since we are a larger property with 449 rooms, 40,000 square feet of meeting space and two restaurants. Currently, we are working on installing Honeywell Management Systems which will also help reduce our energy usage. Additionally, our lightbulbs and batteries are recycled to our local Lowes store and to Fairfax County that has their own recycling program.
On a monthly basis an outside company picks up the leftover oil and grease from the kitchen and recycles it for various other uses at their own facility. We recycle our white paper, cardboard and glass locally as well. Our efforts in housekeeping to save water and energy is to encourage guest to partake in our green efforts and hang up their towels after use, rather than getting new ones each day.
Thanks to our hardworking engineers and chefs, we have a small vegetable garden from which we enjoy seasonal flavors. Saving the bees is our newest sustainable ventures! We have two hives with 60,000 bees and two queens. Matt our Director of Sales is the beekeeper! The bees live on our roof and are buzzing around property flowers enjoying their new home. Soon they will hibernate for the winter. In the restaurant we’ve been able to introduce Honey inspired items on the menu that include cocktails, butter, bacon, and salmon.
Speaking of Cocktails we will be serving these Yummy Honey drinks; Honey Mint Mojito; on our new Fireside Patio that will be open November 2016. Another exciting feature which will be available on our Fireside Patio is local Rappahannock oysters. The oysters play an important role in our sustainability efforts as well. We are part of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s effort to repopulate the Bay with Oysters; the shells will be cleaned, recycled back into the bay, and house a dozen baby oysters.
Hilton Washington Dulles will continue our efforts in sustainable undertakings. To keep up with the Buzz at Hilton Dulles please visit Our Social Media Pages #HiltonDulles
By Grace Pilk, Executive Meeting Manager, Hilton Washington Dulles Airport