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Kimpton’s San Francisco Hotel Triton Selected as a
Model for Conservation by the State of California


SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Friday, September 24, 2004 — Kimpton’s San Francisco based Hotel Triton will be named the model hotel for the State of California's Green Hotels program.  This recognition is in honor of the new California Integrated Waste Management Board’s initiative, designed to encourage travelers to stay at “green hotels.”  The program promotes patronage of hospitality establishments that save energy, water, and resources, and divert waste from landfill disposal through environmentally friendly business practices. 

“We are thrilled that the Hotel Triton has been selected as a model for conservation by the State of California,” said Michael Pace, Kimpton Hotels City Manager and leader of Kimpton Hotels Eco-Program.  “The Hotel Triton, now a completely ‘green’ and eco-friendly hotel, was the first Kimpton Hotel to introduce eco-rooms.  Earlier this year, the Hotel Triton also unveiled new celebrity designed eco-suites by Woody Harrelson, Andy Dick, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Knowing that we are part of a planet—not part of an industry—Kimpton is committed to offering travelers the option of eco-friendly accomodations. Kimpton’s future plans include outfitting each of our 38 hotels with an eco-floor.  Making the choice to stay at any one of Kimpton’s eco-rooms provides environmentally conscious guests with a sense of responsibility, appreciation, and care for the planet."

These suites were designed with the assistance of the Spitfire Agency of Sausalito, and 10 percent of the room charges will be donated to a green charity of the celebrity’s choice.  Hotel Triton’s eco-fashioned suites and rooms combine sophistication, playfulness, style and comfort with earth-friendly materials, textiles and products. 

Secretary for the Environment Terry Tamminen of the California Environmental Protection Agency will help launch the State’s new Green Lodging Program in San Francisco on September 29, 2004, at the Hotel Triton.  “Recycling cans, bottles, and plastic bags is commendable—but it doesn’t go far enough,” he said.  “The hospitality industry is a vital partner in our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our day-to-day business operations and the Hotel Triton’s outstanding conservation efforts prove they are committed to being good stewards of the environment and the economy.”

Hotel Triton is recognized as a model of “eco chic” for its commitment to reducing energy and water consumption, as well implementing numerous waste reduction practices and emphasizing organic materials.  The Hotel Triton ( recycles 60 percent of its waste and exemplifies what it takes to be named to the State’s new Green Lodging Program list. 

Hotel Triton Eco-Chic

Amenity dispensers in all of our rooms reduce packaging waste from soaps and shampoo bottles by 90%!

Our linen and towel re-use program reduces laundry detergent and water use by 25%!

All rooms on our 7th Floor Eco Floor have energy bulbs and water saving devices; water filtration systems; air filtration/purifiers; organically grown linens and towels; amenity dispensers; linen and towel re-use programs and in-room guest recycling receptacles.

The Hotel Triton Energy Efficiency Program has outfitted our entire hotel with energy efficient lighting and motion sensors wherever possible.

Our extensive recycling program helps the hotel recycle 60% of our waste.

Coffee: Starbucks coffee has been replaced with Organic, Fair Trade coffee from a local family business.

Morning Coffee Service. Individual milk portions have been happily replaced with milk purchased by the gallon, to reduce waste from packaging. Disposable stirrers and cups have been replaced with teaspoons and mugs. Napkins are even made from recycled paper!

Complimentary morning newspapers have reduced paper waste by 60%, by ordering less newspapers and placing a short stack in each hallway instead of one per occupied room.

Guest recycling receptacles have been placed in all guestrooms so that guests can recycle too!

Printing. All new hotel collateral and paper to be 100% recycled and using soy based inks.

Office paper here at the Hotel Triton is printed on both sides, and then recycled. We even use recycled toner. The Hotel Triton is also in an on-going move to paperless, using intranet-based reports to reduce paper waste. We are even switching to the use of recycled toilet and facial tissue paper!

All cleaning agents and chemicals used to clean guestrooms have been replaced by non-toxic, environmentally safe products. This has assisted us in the elimination of bleach and ammonia products.

Paint: Replacement of all paints and solvents with Eco friendly paints (low VOC).

Landfill use reduction. All usable hotel items are donated to local non-profit organizations (furniture, mattresses, artwork, equipment, a/c units, refrigerators, linens and towels, Lost&Found items, wall coverings, etc).

In-House Laundry. Our commercial washer and dryer have been replaced by energy and water-efficient equipment along with the use of environmentally safe detergents.

Air Conditioning and in-room minibars have been replaced with energy-efficient models as of June 30th!

Employee areas. Paper hand towels replaced by air dryers in restrooms. Disposable cups have been eliminated from the break room, and metal laundry hangers are returned to the uniform laundry company in an extensive recycling program.

“Patronizing hospitality establishments that go above and beyond the status quo for environmentally aware business operations is something we hope every traveler in California will consider when they access our new Green Lodging Program Web site,” said California Integrated Waste Management Board Member Michael Paparian.  “The Hotel Triton is a model Green Lodging facility and we appreciate their voluntary efforts to help California reach zero waste.”

Famous for its environmentally sensitive EcoFloor and designer celebrity suites, the 140-room Hotel Triton is one of San Francisco’s most distinctive hotel properties, reflecting chic, playful and cutting-edge design by local artists.  A member of Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Hotel Triton is located across from the dragon-gate of Chinatown and just three blocks from Union Square.  All guestrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi access, CD players, new Sony Wega televisions, down comforters, new Sealy Plush beds, Frette sheets, plush terrycloth robes, and Nintendo entertainment stations.  Hotel Triton is located at 342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, Calif., 94108. 

Kimpton is a San Francisco-based company known for its collection of stylish boutique hotels that are coupled with fine chef-driven restaurants. Founded in 1981, the company currently operates 38 hotels and restaurants across the United States and Canada. 

Kathleen Bertolani
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants 
Senior Director of Public Relations
(415) 955-5407.
Also See: EcoRooms & Green Suites Accommodations Open Doors to Property-Wide Programs / December 2001
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