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Hotel associates have made numerous commitments toward reducing its impact on the environment that include a compost program, establishing online in-room dining menus and guest directories and switching to soy and corn-based packaging instead of styrofoam and plastics in all guestrooms. The Westin recently implemented water-saving shower heads as well, helping them win the Watts to Water award from the City of Denver for significant savings in water and energy usage. Since then, the hotel has also installed its Aqua Recycle program that reduces water consumption with hotel laundry by 80 percent.
In honor of Earth Day, The Westin continued its commitment to sustainability with its initiative to provide all hotel guests with biodegradable wooden key cards.
"As climate change has emerged as a dominant environmental issue, it has become clear that forests and forest products can be an important part of the solution," said Chuck Schuringa, The Westin Denver Downtown's director of operations and Green Team leader.
He added that sustainable forestry and forest products help to reduce or prevent greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which are thought to be a cause of climate change.