Towneplace Suites by Marriott-Baltimore BWI
1171 Winterson Road
Linthicum, MD 21090
Central Maryland
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Baltimore/BWI is the 1st LEED-certified hotel in the BWI area, where we are green for our guests, community and planet.
Management and Leadership
We use the following best management practices:
bullet Environment Policy Statement:
bulletEnvironmental Team: The Green Team includes a representative from each department and elects a Green Champion from within the team. The team meets bi-monthly and assists the hotel with communicating all new initiatives, coaching & training other associates, collecting best practices & reviewing results of current practices.
bulletSet Annual Goals: As a LEED certified building, the hotel has a living process to monitor, assess and continuously improve all areas of sustainability, including energy, water, indoor air quality, materials & resources, as well as innovations.
bulletWe have a purchasing policy to encourage the purchase of environmentally-friendly products and services
bulletList of our environmentally friendly products and services: Some examples of our products & services are: Green cleaning products for housekeeping. Front desk uniforms are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, each uniform saves 25 2 liter plastic bottles from the landfill. All paper goods are compostable in breakfast area. Green room keys for all guests. Dispensers in bath using natural body care amenities replace individual bottles. All light bulbs are CFLs or low mercury. Earth friendly towels. Office supplies are all from recycled, post consumer waste materials. Local foods are served during breakfast, ie. Zeke's coffee and Michele's Granola. The pest control vendor uses only green or least toxic chemicals. The grounds maintenance staff uses organic and alternative means to keep the grounds healthy.
bulletEnvironmental Restoration or Community Environmental Projects: Associates volunteer with Maryland Food Bank. Presentations are given to local schools on green buildings & living. The hotel offers a 'Green Your Stay' program which allows guests to assist in preserving the Amazon rain forest.
bulletIndependently Audited Environmental Management System: The hotel utilizes tools within the LEED rating system as a basis for structuring all sustainable features & initiatives.
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
bulletSet a numeric goal of overall waste reduction
Guest Rooms
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers instead of individual soaps / shampoos in guest rooms
bulletUse real coffee mugs and no polystyrene products
bulletInstruct housekeeping to save and reuse unopened items
bulletUse refillable shampoo bottles rather than single-use bottles
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 locally grown produce and other foods
bulletPurchase organic foods
bulletPurchase sustainably grown foods
bulletDo not use polystyrene coffee cups
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
bulletUse Maryland Green Travel logo or other emblem to indicate organic, local or sustainable menu choices
bulletUse screen-based ordering systems
bulletUse bulk soap dispensers in public restrooms
bulletUse high-efficiency hand-dryers
bulletPurchase recycled-content paper towels and toilet paper
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
bulletMake 2-sided copies / printed materials and avoid making extra copies
bulletReuse scrap paper for notes
bulletReuse or donate shipping and packing supplies (peanuts, bubble wrap, etc.)
Buildings and Grounds
bulletUse green cleaning chemicals
bulletDispense cleaning agents in bulk to reduce quantities used
bulletPurchase durable equipment and furniture
bulletPurchase low-VOC carpets and fabrics
bulletUse reused building materials or those from sustainable sources
bulletUse latex paints that are low or no-VOC
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
bulletUse integrated pest management - IPM
bulletMinimize the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers in landscaping
bulletUse a nutrient management plan that minimizes the use of fertilizers
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Waste Reduction:
bullet70% of hotel waste is diverted from landfills through reduction, recycling & composting. This initiative yields 4000 lbs. of topsoil per year.
Recycling in rooms & breakfast area as well as lobby & outdoors.
We are recycling:
bulletAluminium Cans
bulletElectronics equipment
bulletFood Composting
bulletFood Wastes
bulletFluorescent Lamps
bulletOffice Paper
bulletPacking Supplies
bulletPrinter and copy machine toner cartridges
bulletSteel Cans
bulletWaste Neutral is our recycling vendor. All compost from our hotel is turned into top soil.
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Recycling:
bulletWe offer a free breakfast daily that is waste neutral through the use of compostable serveware and food. We also serve food and condiments in bulk containers when possible.
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
bulletPerform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks
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)
bulletwaterless urinals
bulletcomposting toilets
bulletautomatic or sensored faucets or toilets in public restrooms
bullethigh efficiency Energy-Star rated dishwashers
Have an effective landscape management plan which utilizes:
bulletnative species
bulletdrought tolerant species
bulletrain gauges
bulletminimizes lawn areas
bulletlandscaping using BayScapes techniques
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Water Conservation and Efficiency:
bulletWe use gauges to sense rainfall so landscaping is watered only when necessary. We also maintain low-flow water fixtures in all guest bathrooms.
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
bulletDesigned use of natural lighting
bulletUse lighting sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletUse occupancy sensors to turn on/off lights
bulletTurn off lights in unoccupied rooms
bulletUse of directional, downward-facing, lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas
bulletUse high efficiency compact fluorescent light bulbs in rooms, canned lighting or wherever possible
bulletOther details on lighting: We reduce exterior light pollution by incorporating shades on outdoor fixtures and placing light fixtures only where needed. This lessens disruption of migratory species, restoring light balance to their environment.
Heating and Cooling
bulletRegularly perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system
bulletHave programmable thermostats for each room and ensure they are properly adjusted
bulletHave installed additional insulation
Energy Efficiency:
bulletGenerate electricity from a wind turbine
bulletENERGY STAR computers, appliances, office equipments etc.
bulletHave thermal-rated windows and insulation
bulletTurn off all electrical items in unoccupied rooms when not in use or at the end of the day
bulletPurchased Green Tags or Renewable Energy Certificates to support new renewable energy resources
bulletUse ENERGY STAR's Portfolio Manager
bulletUse Energy Star's Benchmarking Tool for the Hospitality Industry
Our Innovative Ideas and Specifics in Energy Conservation and Efficiency
bulletIn 2009, TownePlace Suites by Marriott Baltimore/BWI Airport was awarded the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance.
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
bulletUse non-phosphate, non-toxic and biodegradable laundry detergents
bulletMinimize the use of bleach and chlorinated chemicals
bulletUse linen service providers that employ wet versus dry cleaning
Green Events
We use the following best management practices:
bulletSupport event planners who want to hold green events
bulletProvide visible recycling at all green events
bulletActivities we undertake to make our events green are:At a green event, we will display recycling bins in a designated location. We also offer tours of our hotel to emphasize our green initiatives for those who share a passion for helping the environment.
Other Green Practices
We use the following best management practices:
bulletMinimize the Comute of our Employees-50% of our associates carpool.
bulletAddressing Efficient Business Travel-A shuttle service is provided for guests, minimizing vehicle use and is shared with multiple hotels in the BWI area. We offer free bike use for errands or commuting. In addition, prime location to the National Aquarium makes us top among green hotels in the Baltimore area.
For guests:
bulletProvide preferred parking for hybrid or other fuel efficient vehicles
bulletOffer shuttle service to/from mass transit locations
Green Building:
bulletOur building is LEED certifiedx:
bulletLEED Gold
bulletSustainable Building Materials:A recent construction project utilized all sustainable building materials, including low-VOC paints & materials as well as FSC lumber.
bulletAwards:Maryland Green/Sustainable Tourism Award - 2010 Leed Gold-Certified - 2010 Leed Silver-Certified - 2009 Leed Silver-Certified - 2008
Other Innovative / Creative / Commonsense Green ideas:
bulletWe promote local Baltimore products in our hotel market, such as Zeke's Coffee and Michele's Granola.
Measurable Results
(1) Reduce indoor water use by 33% through installation of low-flow aerators, shower heads & toilets. (2) Use 52% less water by using rain gauges that measure soil moisture, only watering as needed. (3) Operate 33% above the national average in an Energy Star rated hotel. (4) 100% renewable energy credits purchased. (5) 70% of hotel waste diverted from landfills through reduction, recycling & composting. (6) Breakfast is waste-neutral, yielding 4000 lbs. of topsoil per year, through composting. (7) Use cleaning cloths made from 30% recycled material.