WASHINGTON--Nov. 27, 2012-- The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Greenprint Center for Building Performance, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors and financial institutions committed to reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions across the global property industry, has announced the addition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) as a new member.
“At Starwood, we believe that economic growth and the well-being of
society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment,” said
Frits van Paasschen, chief executive officer for Starwood Hotels &
Resorts. “As one of the leading hospitality companies in the world, we
have an obligation to be good stewards to the planet, as our guests
choose our hotels both for what is on the inside as well as to
experience the communities in which they exist. It is not only good for
our environment, guests, associates, partners and shareholders, it also
has well-proven economic rationale.”
Simon Turner, president of Global Development for Starwood Hotels &
Resorts, has been appointed to Greenprint’s Advisory Board. “We are
delighted to join forces with the ULI Greenprint Center to help advance
our common goal of creating environmentally sustainable communities
across the globe,” Turner said. “As a company, we are committed to
integrating leading environmental practices and sustainability
principles into our core business strategy, and we leverage our people,
brands, and global reach, while working closely with our hotel
development partners and suppliers, to achieve these goals. We
encourage other hotel management and ownership companies to join this
effort and work with us to collectively improve the sustainability of
the hotel and real estate sector around the globe.”
Long known as an industry innovator, for the past five years, Starwood
has reported and publicly disclosed its carbon footprint through the
Carbon Disclosure Project Survey (CDP) for all its hotel and corporate
office operations. Additionally, in 2011, Starwood also began reporting
critical water-related and supply chain related data to the CDP. The
company is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its
business and creating a company culture committed to sustainability. To
that end, Starwood is working towards its goal of reducing energy
consumption by 30% and water consumption by 20% by the year 2020.
Starwood joins existing Greenprint members Aetos Capital; AvalonBay;
Beacon Capital Partners; BlackRock; Blackstone Group; CalPERS;
Commonwealth Pacific; Equity Office Properties; First Washington
Realty; GE Capital Real Estate; GI Partners; General Investment and
Development Advisors, Inc.; GID Investment Advisors LLC, GLL Real
Estate Partners; Grosvenor; Hines; Jones Lang LaSalle; LaSalle
Investment Management; Miller Capital Advisory, Inc.; Paramount Group;
PATRIZIA Immobilien; Prologis; Prudential Real Estate Investors; RREEF,
a member of the Deutsche Bank Group; Silverstein Properties; Sonae
Sierra; Thomas Properties; TIAA-CREF; Tishman Speyer, and UDR.
About the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance
The ULI Greenprint Center’s mission is to lead the global real estate
industry towards improved environmental performance, focusing on energy
efficiency and reduced carbon emissions. Greenprint is a member-driven
organization that achieves its goals through measurement, action and
education. The Greenprint Foundation, founded in 2009, was acquired by
ULI in 2012 to form the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance.
Greenprint’s flagship product is the Greenprint Performance Report™.
The international scope and size of the report makes it one of the real
estate industry’s largest, most transparent and comprehensive
environmental benchmark. The report is a consolidated view of
participating properties, detailing their energy, water and waste
performance by geography and asset class. For additional information,
About the Urban Land Institute
The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org
) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its
members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of
land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.
Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 30,000 members
representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
About Starwood Hotels &
Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the leading
hotel and leisure companies in the world with 1,128 properties in
nearly 100 countries and 154,000 employees at its owned and managed
properties. Starwood is a fully integrated owner, operator and
franchisor of hotels, resorts and residences with the following
internationally renowned brands: St. Regis®, The Luxury
Collection®, W®, Westin®, Le Méridien®,
Sheraton®, Four Points® by Sheraton, Aloft®, and ElementSM.
The Company boasts one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs,
Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG), allowing members to earn and redeem
points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout
dates. Starwood also owns Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., a premier
provider of world-class vacation experiences through villa-style
resorts and privileged access to Starwood brands. For more information,
please visit www.starwoodhotels.com.