Comfort Inn-Shady Grove
16216 Frederick Rd
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Capital Region
Our staff's commitment to sustainability arrives from our love for the future of our planet and generations to come. We are committed to saving energy, water and waste management.
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bulletEnvironment Policy Statement
bulletEnvironmental Team: Our team is comprised of our Facility Manager, lead Engineer, Guest Services Manager, Sales Manager, a representative from the Front Office and Managing Partner. We meet once a month to discuss any opportunities that may be available on how we can better conserve energy, as well as help our environment and our community.
bulletSet Annual Goals: Our property gets feed back from Montgomery County Government on the opportunities that are available. We have also participated in the Adopt-A-Road program for the past 18 years.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: We have asked our vendors to make sure they make us aware of all environmentally friendly products that are available to us, when we place our orders. At our property we recycle throughout the hotel, including the sleeping rooms, we have Energy efficient boilers, heat pumps, A/C units; as well as all new energy saving light fixtures throughout the hotel. We try to purchase organic products with at least 50% recycled packaging and green seal Environmental Choice EcoLogo.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: WE have been involved with the Adopt-A-Road program for the past 18 years. We also educate our guests on the local turtle conservatory close to our hotel.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: We have received the Choice Hotels International Green Certification and the Gold Green Leader Certification from TripAdvisor.
Waste Reduction
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property waste
bulletTrack overall waste bills and established baseline data for quantity of wastes produced
bulletPerformed a waste stream audit to determine baseline waste data and identify waste reduction opportunities
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
Kitchen and Prep / Dining / Catering / Meetings and Events / Campground Snack Bar
bulletDonate excess food from events
bulletCompost food waste and other compostables
bulletUse effective food inventory control to minimize waste
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use any disposable containers, dishware, cutlery or cups
bulletUse disposable food service items are eco-friendly - polystyrene is avoided
bulletIf disposable containers are used, they are made from - bio-based materials, recycled content, and/or compostable material
bulletUse reusable dishware and glassware and minimize use of disposables
bulletUse non-bleached napkins and coffee filters
bulletProvide condiments - (cream and sugar, etc.) in bulk
bulletUse water pitchers and filtered water to minimize the use of single-use bottles
bulletLaunder staff uniforms using wet or other environmentally friendly methods versus chemical-based dry cleaning
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
Registration / Office
bulletUse last-in/first-out inventory and effective labeling systems
bulletUse electronic correspondence and forms
bulletPurchase from vendors and service providers with a commitment to the environment
bulletEncourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials
bulletPurchase recycled paper with a high percentage recycled content
bulletUse recycled content paper for copies / printed materials
bulletRemove facility and staff names from junk mail lists when possible
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletPromote other green attractions, activities and Maryland Green Travel facilities
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletReuse paint thinners
bulletProperly recycle and/or dispose of thinners and solvents - required by EPA regulations
bulletPerform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing and vehicles
bulletUse less toxic materials
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletTrain staff effectively to use agrochemicals correctly and in proper applications
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bulletWe have recycling bins in all of our guest rooms, as well as public areas.
We provide recycling bins in all of our rooms, as well as all public areas, our housekeeping carts and the back of the house.
bulletWe have clearly marked recycling bins or provide convenient drop off locations
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletAllied waste is our recycling contractor.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletWe donate leftover toiletries, soft goods, food, furniture and electronics to the local Goodwill, Churches and Local Charities.
Water Conservation
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property water usage
bulletTrack water bills and established baseline data on water usage and wastewater generation
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce water consumption over time
bulletAssessed production for water-conserving opportunities during cleaning procedures
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
bulletUse water-flow metering to discover leaks and areas of high use
bulletOffer water versus serving automatically
bulletDiscourage water-based cleanup, ie. sweep first
bulletUse microfiber technology mops
bulletDefrost foods ahead of time in refrigerators to avoid the need for running-water defrost
Use or installed the following devices:
bulletlow flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
bulletlow flow toilets (1.6 gpf or less)
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletminimizes lawn areas
Energy Efficiency
We use the following best management practices:
bulletHave a plan in place to reduce property energy usage
bulletTrack overall energy bills and establish baseline energy usage
bulletHave a numeric goal to reduce energy usage over time
bulletHave had an energy audit to identify efficiency opportunities
bulletHave an energy management system in place to track and meter energy usage
bulletRegularly evaluated existing ovens and other kitchen equipment for temperature settings and energy efficiency opportunities
bulletConfirmed that all refrigerator, freezer and oven gaskets provide a good seal, or replaced
bulletRoutinely clean condenser coils on all refrigeration equipment
bulletUpgraded to an Energy Star Commercial Kitchen Package
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletUse high efficiency fluorescent ballasts and lamps - T-5's & T-8's
bulletUse LED Exit Signs
bulletUse LED lighting for:Stairwell and all public areas.
Heating and Cooling
bulletHave a high efficiency heating and air-conditioning HVAC system
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletMinimize the use of lighting during night cleaning
bulletKeep office doors and windows closed if HVAC system is on
bulletHousekeeping closes blinds and resets optimal temperatures
Linen Service and Laundry:
We use these best management practices:
bulletProvide optional linen service - Change linens only upon request
bulletTrain staff on the process for optional linen service
bulletHave signage in each room explaining the linen reuse procedures
bulletHave water- and energy-efficient washers and dryers
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-We provide shuttle service to and from the Shady Grove Metro station for the comfort and encouragement of our staff to use public transportation. We also built a bus stop on Frederick road to make sure our staff has a shelter to use during bad weather days, while using public transportation.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-We also provide transportation to and from Shady Grove Metro Station.
For guests:
bulletEducate guests on the availability of mass transit
bulletOffer shuttle service to/from mass transit locations
bulletPrograms:Choice Hotels International Green Hotel certificate and TripAdvisor Gold Green Leader certificate.
Measurable Results
By installing new LED and energy saving light fixture throughout our property, we have reduced our electricity consumption by 45%. We have also installed energy saving toilet fixtures to reduce our water consumption by 40%