CHEVY CHASE, MD.—PM Hotel Group announced that it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. As of January 2020, PM Hotel Group is exclusively purchasing green power to meet 100 percent of the electricity needs for their entire hotel portfolio. PM Hotel Group is the first Top-100 hotel management company in the United States to be recognized by the EPA and to take this portfolio-wide pledge.
“We are passionate about demonstrating a genuine respect for the environment and are proud to be recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Partner,” said Christie Berlin, Director of Sustainability + Facilities, PM Hotel Group. “Using green power helps lower our emissions footprint, while also sending an important message to our colleagues across the hospitality industry that green power is an affordable, accessible choice that can and will make a difference.”
Green power is a subset of renewable energy and includes only the renewable energy sources that provide the greatest environmental benefit. Unlike renewable energy sources, green power sources do not require time to regenerate. Green electricity is produced from solar, wind, geothermal, biogas or low impact small, hydroelectric sources. By joining the voluntary green power market, PM Hotel Group and other Green Power Partners are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution while concurrently reducing their carbon footprint and supporting future clean power developments.
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PM Hotel Group’s annual estimated green power usage of 3,561,814 kWh will be powered through a combination of REC purchases, bundled third-party supply agreements and utility green tariffs.
“At PM Hotel Group our commitment to sustainability extends beyond our hotels. The real threat that climate change poses requires bold change,” said Joseph Bojanowski, President of PM Hotel Group. “We are passionate about pushing ourselves to identify new ways to preserve and protect the planet by reducing our carbon footprint, supporting conservation and inspiring our associates to champion these efforts.”
In 2019 PM Hotel Group invested in programs and infrastructure across their portfolio that yielded positive results to the environment. These included a 15 percent YOY increase in generated solar energy, a 7.84 percent YOY reduction in water usage and nearly a quarter of a million plastic water bottles saved through hydration stations in hotels. The full 2019 Year End Sustainability report is available at 2019 PMHG Sustainability Report.