Green Initiatives at Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel
August 8, 2013
We passed! CT has recertified the Crowne Plaza Cromwell as Green Lodging Hotel for the next 2 years. Recent additions include recycling bins in all overnight rooms, Water Coolers instead of individual water bottles for our meetings, and biodegradable ‘to go’ cartons in our Sheffield’s Restaurant.
Energy efficient washers in our hotel laundry, plus a new walk in cooler and refrigerator in our kitchen are all saving electricity. We also installed LED lights in our parking garage and indoor pool to conserve electricity. All Crowne Plaza Hotels are part of IHG’s Green Engage program, which tracks energy use in our hotels so we can target our improvements and energy savings.
As part of our “Buy Local’ initiative, we have local brews in our bar! Ten Penny Ale from Olde Burnside Brewing Company in East Hartford, CT is now on tap, as is Mystic Bridge IPA from Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck, CT. We also offer bottles of Hooker Blonde Ale from the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Bloomfield, CT.
Not a beer fan? Stop in and sip a ‘Seaport White’ wine from Stonington, CT.
Crowne Plaza Cromwell Continues its Green Initiatives
November 9, 2010
After our initial certification of becoming a Green Lodging Property, Larry Johnson, the Chief Engineer at the Crowne Plaza Cromwell, implemented a few new ‘Green Initiatives’ for 2010. After installing a salt water chlorinator for the indoor pool in February of 2010, he found guests appreciated the change. ‘The Salt Water Chlorinator worked out really well. Not only did it pay for itself in the chemicals we save, but our guests are happier without the chlorine smell. And we’re helping the environment as well.”
He was instrumental in the switchover of all the remaining hotel lighting this Summer. “The guest rooms were the easy part. We replaced our light bulbs with energy saving bulbs. Their 26 watts of power equals our old 100 watt bulbs! But it took a while for us to find energy efficient lighting for our Meeting Space that still addressed our clients needs. Meeting Rooms have to be dimmed for AV, yet bright enough at full power to keep people awake and focused on the content of the program. Fortunately, we found energy star bulbs using only 15 watts of power which equals our old 90 watt bulbs that do both.”
What’s next for Larry and the Crowne Plaza Cromwell on their ‘Green Initiatives’? Stay tuned!
Crowne Plaza Cromwell announces future green initiatives
CROMWELL, CT (November 10, 2009) Connecticut’s Crowne Plaza Cromwell has been making environmentally-conscious decisions for years. On Tuesday, the state-certified green lodging property announced new initiatives to be implemented throughout the hotel
What does the future look like for the Crowne Plaza Cromwell? According to General Manager Steve Gardiner, it’s green as far as the eye can see.
“We’re looking into implementing several new green initiatives in the near future, including LED lighting for our pool and an enhanced use of recycling programs in our banquet spaces,” Gardiner said. “We’re also planning on purchasing locally-grown food and beverages, helping to lower transport costs and pollution.”
According to Gardiner, the benefits of green practices extend to the hotel’s guests.
“Most everyone is concerned about the environment, and being green demonstrates that we care as well. That contributes to helping guests feel good about their lodging choice.”
Think it’s tough to be so environmentally-friendly? Gardiner says it’s easy being green.
“We have been able to reduce our utility costs by 25 percent. Our recycling program has helped reduce our waste disposal costs, and many of our other efforts such as the pool’s salt water system will pay for themselves over time.”
From a thorough recycling program to energy efficient lighting, the Crowne Plaza Cromwell is filled with environmentally-friendly practices.
“We try to take the “green” option whenever possible,” Gardiner said. “We instituted a water-reduction program for our laundry department and our pesticide and fertilizer-free landscaping has no sprinkler system, also a water saver.”
The Crowne Plaza Cromwell’s green efforts also include using green-friendly cleaning products in guest rooms and public spaces and the use of only low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint for touch-ups and remodeling.
A few months ago, the hotel was officially recognized by the state of Connecticut with a green lodging certification.
“We were officially recognized as one of the first three green hotels in the state in July,” Gardiner said. “We’re very pleased that our efforts were recognized. We want to show guests we share their concern about the environment, and are doing our part for the future.”
The Crowne Plaza Cromwell is centrally located right off I-91, and features a great service-oriented staff, full-service facilities, free parking, and free wireless internet throughout the hotel. Call them today at (860) 635-2000.