Stacey McMurtrie Director of Marketing and Communications The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai P.O. Box 26525 Dubai, United Arab Emirates +971 4 399-4000 PR.Dubai@ritzcarlton.com
The AAA Five-Diamond Hotel Receives the Cool Planet Award in the Hospitality sector for its Carbon Management and Environmental Responsibility in Southern California
MARINA DEL REY, Calif. – October 19th, 2015 – Shortly after celebrating its 25th birthday,The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey was awarded the2015 Cool Planet Award in the hospitality sector forits commitment to the environment, making it arespected leader in the industry.
The prestigious award recognizes Southern CaliforniaEdison business customers that demonstrate effectiveenergy and carbon management within their businesssize and industry sector. In partnership with The Climate Registry – a nonprofit organization that assists organizations in measuring,verifying and reporting the carbon in their operations, each business earned points for itsparticipation in a variety of SCE integrated demand-side management strategies.
“The State of California has shown tremendous political leadership and conviction on climatechange over the years, and the need to take action is as urgent as ever,” says David Rosenheim,Executive Director of The Climate Registry.
“We commend the 2015 Cool Planet recipients for their outstanding achievements in energyefficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and for demonstrating to other organizationsthat doing the right thing also makes good business sense.”
The luxury Los Angeles hotel’s former Director of Engineering, Jeff Poullath, spearheadednumerous projects that led to its recognition. In response to mandated water restrictions that wereput in place after Governor Jerry Brown announced a drought State of Emergency in January2015, Poullath replaced all of the guest room toilets with a more water-efficient dual-flush unit.Further reducing the hotel’s impact on the environment, the old toilets were recycled into basematerial used for roadway paving. By participating in this initiative, the Marina del Rey hotel issaving an estimated 861,000 gallons of water annually, which is equivalent to washing 20,500loads of laundry.
During 2014 and 2015, the hotel aggressively reduced its energy consumption by installingnumerous components such as: HVAC controls, electronically commutated (EC) motors in walkinrefrigerators and freezers, variable frequency drives on pool and spa pumps, LED lightingthroughout the building, as well as upgrading the building management system. By making theseenhancements, 1.5 million kWh were saved, reducing its peak demand by 186 kW.
“We are very proud of The Cool Planet Award which is outstanding recognition for theleadership of Jeff Poullath and our Engineering Team. Through our Community Footprintsprogram, we are actively engaged in identifying ways to further reduce energy use and waterconsumption as part of broader commitment to support our communities and protect theenvironment,” says Tony Mira, General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey.
Poullath, who now resides as Director of Cluster Engineering for Marriott’s Western Region,received the award at the October 16th ceremony held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in LongBeach, CA. While he no longer oversees The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey, he has passed along2016 plans to its new Director of Engineering, Shahram Sharafkhanian, to manage while thehotel continues to inspire other industries to work diligently with the environment.