Flying is one of the worst carbon sins you can commit, with a single roundtrip from New York to Europe producing the equivalent of 2 to 3 tons of carbon dioxide, compared to the average American producing 19 tons per year.
To try and compensate for this fact after you’ve arrived, the Westin Singapore has allocated two floors for “Green Rooms,” which are equipped with special meters to help guests monitor, and hopefully reduce, their energy consumption.
In total, 56 rooms spread across the 38th and 39th floors have been equipped with the meters. Each guest is ranked according to how much energy they use; green (for energy consumption 20 per cent below average), amber and red. While some people may not be interested in changing their habits, the Westin Singapore has also agreed to donate US$1 to UNICEF for every guest that achieves a green ranking.
Lance J Ourednik, general manager of the property, said: “For The Westin Singapore, we believe sustaining the environment and sustaining communities creates value for everyone and we are excited to invite our guests to be a part of this unique opportunity to improve our community and minimise our impact on the environment.”
Some may see the initiative as one sided, with all the effort to reduce energy usage falling on the guests, and not the hotel itself. The truth however, is that the Westin Singapore already has its own initiatives in place, which includes a green limousine, eco-friendly cleaning chemicals, room sensors for auto shut-offs, energy-efficient lighting and water-conserving low-flow plumbing.
The hotel was opened last November, and sits on top of Asia Square, a two-tower vertical city of more than 12,000 office workers in the financial district southwest of Marina Bay Sands. From the 38th and 39th floor you can look out across the entire city, or head up up to the infinity-edge swimming pool for an even more exciting experience.
Environmental Impact Indicators Tell Hotel Guests How Green They Are