Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Goes "Green" With Renovation
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, which is currently undergoing a $25 million renovation of the hotel's guestrooms, suites, public areas, and restaurants, has announced that the renovation will include a variety of environmentally sustainable initiatives to reduce its ecological footprint. READER COMMENTS
Energy-saving initiatives from the renovation include replacing all of the back of house lighting to LED, low flow plumbing fixtures for enhanced water savings (1.6 gal/flush), insulated drapery, closet light sensors, vending misers in all vending machines, new fan coil units with programmable thermostats, and occupancy sensors that will set rooms back to an energy saving temperature when rooms are vacant.
Additionally, many materials from the renovation are being recycled, including metal, fixtures and shipping materials. The old furniture is being liquidated and items that are not sold will be donated to local charities.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis will source many ingredients for its new restaurant and marketplace from local farmers and distributors, including cage free eggs, Ames Farm honey, Meyer All Natural Beef Burgers, and beer from Finnegans Brewery. The restaurant will also feature a new line of tableware, Dudson Evolution, which has the lowest carbon footprint of any ceramic hospitality tableware manufactured. The property also plans to continue donating to Second Harvest Farms and will recycle all deep-fry oil.
Additionally, the hotel has expanded recycling efforts by donating housekeeping items, including soap, shampoo, towels, and linens, as well as lost-and-found clothing to local area shelters.
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Hotels, whether they are undergoing large scale renovations or not, should consider implementing some of the initiatives the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis is adopting. While not all organizations can afford $25 million renovations, inexpensive changes such as recycling renovation materials, sourcing local ingredients for hotel restaurants, and donating lightly or unused housekeeping items are simple ways to decrease unnecessary waste in our nation’s landfills and environmental impact. The renovations the Hyatt Minneapolis is making sets a great example for how other hotels looking to preserve our environment can achieve that goal while still maintaining high hospitality and customer standards.