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IHG'S Green Engage® Program Advances Water Conservation Efforts In California

ATLANTA, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), one of the world's leading hotel companies, today announces that IHG's patented Green Engage® program 1, the online sustainability program used by more than 2,700 IHG-branded hotels worldwide, is helping hotels address the drought conditions in California. IHG is targeting a reduction in water usage in water-stressed areas by 12% globally by 2017.  To support this global effort on a local scale, IHG Green Engage Water Conservation Kits were sent to 230 IHG hotels in California, including Crowne Plaza®, Hotel Indigo® and Holiday Inn® hotels.

The resources in the Water Conservation Kits include details on how hotels can actively participate in conserving water, with tips on IHG Green Engage Green Solutions to implement, as well as examples of how other hotels have been successful in their water conservation efforts. The kits also include aerators to easily install on water faucets to contribute to the potential savings of over 77 million gallons of water per year in California 2. Guestrooms are the primary source of water usage in hotels (estimated 30%) 3, and aerators can help save water used in guestroom sinks.

"Hotels are an important part of the local communities where we live and work, and many of the 230 California hotels in IHG's family are already conserving water and playing an active role in the drought solution," said Paul Snyder, vice president, Corporate Responsibility, and Global Lead on Sustainability, IHG. "IHG hotels in California have implemented almost 2,000 IHG Green Engage Green Solutions to conserve water, energy and waste. We are encouraging hotels to take another look at their sustainability journey to discover more opportunities to conserve. That could be installing the aerators and implementing the new IHG Green Engage benchmarking tool to drive results through data."

The IHG Green Engage program was built to provide a comprehensive environmental management system that helps hotels leverage data to drive results through Green Solutions. Research shows that over 70% of frequent travelers prefer hotels that are engaged with their environment, and the IHG Green Engage program assists with driving guest preference. Earlier this year, the IHG Green Engage program became aligned with two well-known, third party certifications - LEED® and Green Key Global (GKG) – to help streamline the process for IHG hotels to achieve these certifications.

"The California Hotel & Lodging Association is pleased to support IHG's leadership and proactive efforts to promote and encourage water conservation in their hotels," said Lynn S. Mohrfeld, President & CEO of the California Hotel and Lodging Association. "It is especially important due to the current drought and continued stress on our valuable water supply. We're working together to refine practices and identify important advancements in water conservation across the state."

The IHG Green Engage Green Solutions under water conservation include energy efficient appliances such as washers, dryers and dishwashers; low flow showerheads, toilets and waterless urinals. Others include water zoning for irrigation, rainwater harvesting and treatments and native plants. The Hotel Indigo® San Diego-Gaslamp Quarter property has a garden with native plants, requiring little water, covering nearly 40 percent of the rooftop to create a greenhouse effect.

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