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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Names the Saunders Hotel Group
as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for its
Leadership in Energy Management

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Boston, MA, March 10, 2005 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has named The Saunders Hotel Group as an ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and leadership in energy management. The Saunders Hotel Group’s accomplishments will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on March 15, 2005.

The Saunders Hotel Group will be honored for its commitment to and implementation of smart energy management practices and investments throughout its operations.  The Saunders Hotel Group’s leadership on environmental stewardship dates back to the 1980s when the company first received international recognition for pioneering ecotourism. 

Staff at all levels are involved in efforts to conserve energy: from Jeff Saunders, President and CEO, and Tedd Saunders, Co-owner and Executive Vice President, to the hotels’ general managers and departmental staff. 

Some of Saunders energy improvement efforts include the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified products, such as refrigerators, clock radios, and televisions for guestrooms, computers and fax machines for offices, and DVD players for in-room Eco-Channels.  Energy management systems, motion sensors, fluorescent lighting, heat pumps, ozone laundry systems, and low E windows also help contribute to dramatic reductions in energy consumption. In the last year The Saunders Hotel Group achieved an additional 11% energy savings even after a decade of initiatives. 

Across the U.S., top companies and organizations are discovering the value of strategic energy management through participation in ENERGY STAR. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved about $10 billion on their energy bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 20 million cars.

“We are extremely proud to receive this important recognition for our genuine commitment to energy efficiency and environmental leadership,” said Tedd Saunders, Co-Owner and Executive VP for The Saunders Hotel Group.  “We firmly believe that our success helps ‘Preserve The Past and Protect The Future’ TM”

The Partner of the Year Award is given to organizations to recognize their exemplary efforts in facility operations and for integrating energy efficiency into overall organizational strategies. These annual Award winners are selected from thousands of organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR program.

“As an ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year, The Saunders Hotel Group has distinguished itself by demanding superior energy performance in their business and seeing real results,” said Kathleen Hogan, director of EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division. "Through ENERGY STAR, these Partners of The Year are leading a nationwide effort to protect our environment through improved energy efficiency."

“The Saunders Hotel Group’s leadership in energy performance complements my administration’s commitment to making Boston a leader in green building practice,” said Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.  “I want to congratulate the Saunders for their ENERGY STAR Partner of The Year Award.”

About The Saunders Hotel Group
The Saunders Hotel Group is a third generation, family business that is known worldwide for its genuine commitment to gracious hospitality, service innovation and environmental leadership. SHG owns and operates five distinctive properties including The four-diamond Lenox Hotel and charming Copley Square Hotel in Boston’s historic Back Bay, The Comfort Inn & Suites Boston/Airport, The Marriott Residence Inn, Merrimack, NH and The New London, CT Holiday Inn.  The Saunders Hotel Group's success will demonstrate that responsible business practices can enable companies, people and the planet to prosper. Please support their efforts to "Do Well By Doing Good".

About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1992 as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce air pollution through increased energy efficiency. The program offers businesses and consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money and help protect the environment for future generations. More than 7,000 organizations have become ENERGY STAR partners and are committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes and businesses. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).

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Contact:

Tedd Saunders
Co-Owner & Exec. VP
The Saunders Hotel Group 
(617) 425-0900 X210
 

Also See: New EPA Energy Startm Performance Rating Tool for Hotels Provides Benchmarking for Energy Saving Strategies / Sept 2002
Marriott Named Energy Star® Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency / March 2005


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