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The InterContinental New York Barclay is the first hotel in New York to acquire a Global Enviro composting machine which transforms food waste into dry fertilizer in just 18 hours. The composted food waste turns into top soil and has fertilizer-like qualities to be used in the hotel’s rooftop garden and for composting needs in the local community. The composting process is all natural, utilizing no chemicals. An important benefit to composting at the hotel is that the onsite machine negates a daily pick-up from a garbage truck, which would normally have to travel 300 miles to a composting facility or 600 miles to a landfill. Not only is the hotel able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the amount of waste that gets transported to a landfill, but also it indirectly reduces the amount of methane gas being produced from the landfill. Methane gas is considered to be 20 times more harmful than CO2 gas emissions.
By utilizing this advanced waste management technology, the InterContinental New York Barclay is able to apply continued efforts towards reducing our carbon footprint wherever possible.
As the guest blogger for the upcoming year, I am thrilled to be able to share my adventures on working as the first ever Sustainability Management intern here at the InterContinental New York Barclay. I invite you to join me on this journey as this classic hotel-with all of its elegance, demure, history- turns into a model of excellence in urban sustainable hospitality.
For my first post, I thought it would be appropriate to reveal a little more about my own journey and how I came to pursue this exciting new endeavor.
From an early point in my days as a college freshman at Cornell-surrounded by esteemed professors and many of the brightest young minds in the country, I couldn’t help but ask the question: “What is it we’re trying to achieve with all of this hard work and dedication?”
As I pondered the meaning of life and continued to pursue a degree in hospitality management, there came the moment of clarity. One lecture was all it took for my mind to be hooked on the ideology that is sustainable hospitality-the new era of business where we not only factor in solutions to complex business issues, but we do so by incorporating economic, social and environmental factors. In that definition, I had found the answer to my question.
For “we do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.”-Native American Proverb.
Sustainability is where our hard work and perseverance will pay off someday. In my mind, that day can’t come soon enough. For our planet is in a dire state and every action or inaction can determine generations to come.
As my interest in sustainability matured so did my desire to learn more. My interests took me as far as Australia to engage in field research on hotel certification programs of the Australian hotel industry. And today I am immersed in this burgeoning field of sustainability management as a graduate student in Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education and the Earth Institute.
Much like our hotel has stood the test of time, here @IC_NYBarclay we believe responsible business will help us continue serving our guests for generations to come while standing as a beacon to our surrounding community of New York City. If you are new to our blog, I ask you to browse through the Sustainability page located on our site, or simply click on the link to explore further-http://www.intercontinentalnybarclay.com/sustainability
Peace and sustainability to all,