The Westin Bonaventure is the first Los Angeles hotel to earn Green Seal silver certification. The 1,354-room hotel achieved the standard as a result of implementing a variety of energy saving and waste reduction initiatives, including:
• Composting all leftover food
• Reusing all wooden delivery pallets
• Participating in an extensive waste recycling program that’s monitored monthly through a refuse account
• Adhering to an environmental purchasing policy
• Using light sensors and energy-efficient light bulbs
• Replacing all paper, plastic, and Styrofoam dining products with reusable dishware
To receive the certification, the 1.5 million-square-foot property had to pass a preliminary Green Seal inspection and continue to pass monthly inspections. By 2012, Westin Bonaventure will have replaced all existing guestroom water fixtures with water conserving fixtures, including faucets, aerators, showers, toilets, and waterless urinals, saving as much as 10 million gallons of water per year. Light sensors, currently operating in all 27 meeting rooms, also will be added to all hotel linen closets during the next five years.