By Terry Trucco
In observation of Earth Day (and Month), we pause for a quick pulse check on how New York City hotels are doing on the green front.
This month the city’s largest hotel, the 1,981-room New York Hilton, took a big stride towards energy efficiency. As befits a big hotel, the gesture is grand. On view is the hotel’s new green roof occupying 16,000 square feet atop a fifth floor setback. The garden, consisting of a vast array of sedum harvested at an upstate farm, isn’t open to guests. But it offers a glimpse of nature for hotel guests on the 53rd Street side of the building who happen to gaze down from their windows.
More important, the plants are on board to do what roots and foliage do naturally – absorb airborne pollutants, deflect solar radiation and reduce the thermal load. The predicted result: less carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere and less energy required to keep the building cool. (more…)