Convention 2010
Convention 2010
Volunteering Going Green
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San Francisco Union Square


Hilton San Francisco Union Square is committed to environmentally sound and earth-friendly sustainable practices in our operational activities, energy and water conservation, recycling, composting and purchasing.

Recycling Totals, Year End 2009

Cardboard/ Paper/ Cans/ Bottles/ Plastic/
Compost = 757 Tons

Kitchen Grease: 29.8 tons of grease turned into biofuel.

E-Waste, Batteries, Paint, Metals, Fluorescent Bulbs and Pallets = 542,000 lbs or 271 Tons

Donated supplies and equipment = in excess of 33 tons

Hilton San Francisco Union Square achieved a 66.6% waste diversion rate in 2009 and a 1.6% improvement over last year.

Last year we reduced utilities by

  • -7% reduction in electricity
  • -24.2% reduction in water
  • -14.2% reduction in natural gas

New Laundry Equipment installed in December, 2008 conserved over 11.5 million gallons of Water and 1 million CCF’s of Natural Gas in 2009.

New water pumps installed in May, 2010 will conserve 64,000 KWh/year

  • Outstanding achievement in energy efficiency and energy conservation – PG&E – 1984, 1995, 2001-2008
  • Charter member of the business energy coalition – demand response program
    • Participation in demand response programs for nearly 20 years
    • Honorable mention for demand response – Flex your power awards 2006
    • Outstanding achievement for demand response – Greater than 500 kw, 2007

Earth Friendly Products and Practices

Hotel-wide use of non-toxic cleaning products

Hotel-wide use of water-based paints, exclusively (no oil based)

Hotel-wide use of recycled content and biodegradable products

Organic and locally-farmed produce, dairy, meats and seafood menus available

Donation of excess supplies, equipment and food

Recycling for Re-Use and Donation

De-Construction, Conference Leftovers and Signage

Surplus supplies, furnishings and equipment


Partner Member, Green Hotels Association

Lead Hotel and Founder: Hotel/Non-Profit Collaborative

Building Owner Managers’ Association (BOMA) Recycling and Earth Awards Task Force

Corporate Recycler of the Year (CORY) Award Winner, 2001 through 2006

Golden Dumpster Award, 2004, 2005 – City of San Francisco

Green Meeting Industry Council

Green Lodging, Leadership Status – State of California

Hilton San Francisco Union Square is an Energy-Star Rated Hotel

Green Hotel – Greenopia – Urban Dwellers Guide to Green Living

Additional green initiatives will be updated monthly as implemented throughout the year.



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