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The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago
909 North Michigan Avenue · ChicagoIllinois60611 · United States  • Phone: 1-866-716-8104 · Hotel Reservations: 888-627-8385
Local Time: 7:12 PM • Weather: Variably cloudy, 84 °F
Green Hotels Chicago

Green Hotels Chicago

The Westin Michigan Avenue is proud to be recognized as Green Seal Silver Certified. We are 1 of the only 7 downtown hotels to receive Silver certification throughout Chicago and proudly 1 out of 9 Silver certified hotels throughout the entire Starwood Hotels worldwide. As part of our ongoing program to promote cultural sustainability and environmental responsibility, The Westin Michigan Avenue meets the Green Seal™ Environmental Standard for Lodging Properties for waste minimization, management of fresh water resources, energy efficiency, hazardous substances and environmentally sensitive purchasing.

The Westin Michigan Avenue supports our environmental commitment through a comprehensive recycling program

  • Paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and aluminum are recycled in all public areas, guest rooms and administrative offices
  • Recycling program for light bulb ballasts, light bulbs and batteries is in place
  • Used kitchen grease is recycled into bio-fuels by a local company
  • Pallets are picked up for reuse whenever possible, as well as printing cartridges

Our energy consumption and efficiency program has a formal engineering preventative maintenance program that includes performance criteria to measure operational efficiency

  • Establishing Minimum Standards for use, maintenance and management of equipment ensures efficiency and reduction of energy
  • Energy efficient CFL lighting in guest rooms, meeting space and in hotel's public spaces where compatible
  • Replace equipment with high energy star efficient models and lights, computers, and equipment in all areas are turned off when not in use
  • Sensors and programmable timers are located in low traffic & low occupancy areas
  • Mecco Shades are utilized on every outside facing window to conserve energy shielding the sun, keeping a room cool in the summer and warm in the winter

Linen/towel re-use program to guests

  • Participating hotel in "Make a Green Choice" program - guests receive a $5.00 credit or 500 SPG points when opting out of all housekeeping services
  • Bed linens changed upon guest request to aid in water and energy conservation efforts and towels replaced upon request allowing guests the option of re-using existing towels

Water conservation program

  • Low flow and restricted flow shower heads, faucets and toilets
  • Local plants and trees are utilized for outdoor landscaping tolerant of climate with watering control times

Waste Minimization & Purchasing

  • Our hotel uses recycled containers for all amenities in the smallest practical containers, while used amenities are donated to local shelters throughout the city and used soap is donated to "Clean the World" donation program - sending used soap to third world countries in need
  • Remaining banquet food, from function space, is donated to employee cafeteria
  • Paper products are minimum 30% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR); facial tissue paper 10% PCR, toilet tissue 20% PCR and paper towels are 40% PCR
  • We have set copiers to double side print as default, reduce printed reports and reuse backsides of paper whenever possible
  • We purchase in bulk when applicable and avoid single use products. The hotel minimizes disposable foodservice items and works with vendors for recycled product replacements
  • Reusable coffee mugs, as well as 100% compostable plastic cups, are available in all guest rooms and have discontinued purchase of all Styrofoam
  • Use of environmentally friendly cleaning products meet EPA GS 37 Industrial Cleaner guidelines for housekeeping and stewarding departments
  • Reuse, refinish, reupholster durable goods (furniture) for continued use
  • Pest control company held to use of IPM integrated products which are environmentally friendly
  • Composting partial organic food waste through a process called vermicomposting - using worms to turn kitchen waste into nutrient rich humus used on our roof top garden - with help from Urban Worm Girl
  • Hotel paint and cleaning products meet Green Seal guidelines for non toxic, low VOC content, non hazardous and non chlorinated whenever possible
  • Green Concierge Options given to environmentally responsible service providers (please ask Concierge for local options)

Banquets and Coffee Cart

  • Kitchen energy reduction program to reduce pre-heat timing & equipment usage
  • Organic foods, vegetarian and local food options are available for Banquets & Room Service and Fair trade coffee is available in guest rooms, coffee cart and banquets
  • Roof top garden which grows vegetables and herbs for in house site visits, meetings and associate cafeteria
  • Sustainable green meeting options and "Clutter Free Meetings" are available that include bulk, paperless, recycled
  • Tracking tool available for meeting planners to see their environmental meeting impact footprint

Audio Visual (Presentation Services)

  • Paperless sales and inventory software system
  • Energy efficient LED lighting fixtures available for events
  • Post Consumer Content flip charts available upon request