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Westin Resort Looks to Lessen Carbon Footprint

January 28, 2020, 9:56 AM HST
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Photo courtesy: Carbon Lighthouse.

As part of its targeted sustainability efforts, the 770-room Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kāʻanapali announced its partnership with Carbon Lighthouse, a software-enabled energy services company, to optimize its energy consumption, reduce electricity costs, and eliminate carbon emissions from wasted energy.

Resort representatives say they have developed efforts to become more sustainable over the past several years, and hope the new partnership will help the hotel achieve its sustainability goals.

“At The Westin Maui, we embody a culture of ‘Mālama Ka ʻĀina i Ke Kai’ (care for the land and the
ocean) and working with Carbon Lighthouse on our energy efficiency efforts aligns perfectly,” resort general manager Gregg Lundberg said in a press release.

“We’re excited about implementing the new sustainability strategies recommended by Carbon Lighthouse to better service our guests, our employees, and our community.”

The resort has implemented several programs aimed at promoting sustainability among its associates and guests. These programs were recognized with the Excellence in Sustainability award at the ʻAipono Awards.

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Hotel representatives are planning to launch guest room sustainability programs, waste minimization and recycling initiatives, food and beverage menus that sources products from local, organic farmers, and a WestinMauiWATERMAN (and WATERWOMAN) program, where guests participate in ocean adventures with local paddle boarders, boat captains and canoe racers who share their respect for the water and passion for the environment.

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Carbon Lighthouse’s has installed hundreds of sensors at the Westin to collect thousands of data points.

The company used its patented CLUES® platform to analyze the data along with weather, utility and other available building data to establish a baseline of energy consumption and provide energy efficiency measures across the resort’s HVAC and lighting systems.

Company representatives say this data-driven approach will offer energy efficiency measures that will reduce carbon emissions and turn wasted energy into revenue to support the Westin’s energy goals.

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