Hilton Austin Airport Goes Green
Released: February 26, 2010
Austin, Texas: The Hilton Austin Airport Hotel has been awarded the national Green Seal, Silver Level Achievement for Environmental Operational Commitment. In sincere efforts to “go green” and improve the environment, The Hilton Austin Airport Hotel is one of only three hotel properties in the state of Texas to earn this distinguished declaration of environmental operational accomplishment.
Green Seal, Inc., of Washington, DC, is a not-for-profit organization, which promotes and represents environmental responsibility throughout the United States. The seal can be found among restaurants, hotels and other institutions across the country, signifying an environmentally friendly establishment which uses green products and follows preset, strict standards regarding purchasing, recycling and general operation. The Silver level is awarded to properties that have substantially reduced their environmental impact and operate at the leadership level of sustainable practices.
In obtaining this certification the Hilton has shown a commitment to conservation and purchasing decisions it makes in regards to the environment. In addition to embracing these greener practices, the Hotel gives back to the community by donating food and other nonperishable items to local churches and organizations. Also, the Hotel goes beyond “green practices” by seeking to buy and use local produce and meats from local farmers which helps the local economy and reduces the Hotel’s overall carbon footprint.
General Manager Jim Sweet remarked, “We put a sizeable effort into our plan for recycling and energy management. Our staff is committed to doing what we can to conserve in Austin, Texas.”
Director of Sales & Marketing TJ Pritchard commented that “We are honored to be one of only three hotels in Texas with the Green Seal Certification. Austin is an environmentally friendly city and we are proud to be involved in these “green” initiatives. We know it’s important to the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel and it is our goal to partner with other organizations with similar interest in conservation of our environment.”
Mr. Sweet stated that the Hilton has a “Green Team” in place at the hotel which monitors the standards required by Green Seal to maintain certification.
Girin Mehta, the Hotel’s Executive Controller, oversees the ‘PRO-Green Team’ along with Co-Chair, Sergio Orozco, Chief Engineer.
For more information on the Green Seal program please refer to their website: www.greenseal.org.
The Hilton Austin Airport Hotel in Austin is a historical building previously utilized by the United States Air Force and served as the strategic air command center during the Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and Desert Storm. When the Hotel opened in January of 2001 it was selected by Texas Construction Magazine as the Outstanding Renovation Project for 2001. The Hilton Austin Airport exudes a perfect blend of Texas Hill Country sophistication and charm. All rooms include 32” LCD flat screens, high speed Internet access, large work desk, spacious bathrooms with marble vanities and makeup mirrors, 11' ceilings, and two line phones. We are proud to have the Hilton Serenity Collection™ including Crabtree & Evelyn's® La Source bath amenities. To learn more about the Hilton Austin Airport please visit www.austinairport.hilton.com.
The Hilton Austin Airport is managed by Prospera Hospitality Management Company out of Pittsburgh, PA. For more information about Prospera, please visit: www.prosperahospitality.com.