Embassy Suites® San Diego – La Jolla Celebrates Two Top Honors
Hotel named 2009 Recycler of the Year for significant strides to lower global impact and General Manager of the Year for outstanding leadership
Features of Embassy Suite’s Environmental Efforts
McGilligan hasn’t tackled this feat all on his own. The Embassy Suites team members have played a huge part and, paired with the efforts of sales administrator, Sheri Facer, have made many changes to the way hotels typically do business by making modifications in areas including: low flow showerheads and toilets in all suites; recycling all light bulbs, batteries, toner cartridges, wood pallets, packing materials, phone books, and all office equipment; installing energy efficient light bulbs; defaulting copiers to print double-sided; re-using room keys; phasing out Styrofoam at the complimentary breakfast; using recycled water for the grounds landscaping; re-using coat hangers from employee dry cleaning; and placing recycling bins next to all trash cans outside the hotel. Even recyclable/biodegradable bags are arranged in the suites so guests can recycle items like cans and newspapers from within their suite with little effort, allowing them to continue to make responsible choices for the environment while on the road.
During this process, McGilligan has made efforts that not only improved the Earth, but the lives of his team members as well. Bed linens, towels, and used furniture are not only donated to local charities, but are available for employees in need also. Leftover food from the complimentary breakfast and nightly reception are put in the employee break room to both minimize waste and feed employees. Above these other efforts, McGilligan has utilized the skills that were necessary to building an award-winning recycling program and has been able to ensure a higher employee retention, high guest satisfaction, and best practices that can be mirrored by other Embassy Suites hotels. By truly caring about the world around him and involving and educating his team members, McGilligan’s hotel is seeing great success, assuring continued group efforts in the future.
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