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Sustainable Hospitality

At HT, we own and operate high-quality hotels in gateway markets and coastal destinations that enable our guests, associates, and communities to thrive. Through our unique capabilities, finely-tuned service standards, and development of strategic programs, we create value for all of our stakeholders across our 48 uniquely positioned branded and independent lifestyle hotels.

 

Click here for the 2018 Hersha EarthView Sustainability Report

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We embrace environmental and community stewardship as an integral part of maintaining and building a successful business. To best put this vision into practice, in 2010 we conceptualized and developed a proprietary corporate program, EarthView®, that encompasses a triple-bottom-line approach to sustainability. Comprehensively, the program delivers environmental and conservation initiatives that positively impact our hotels’ bottom lines while simultaneously improving the well-being of our guests our employees, our communities, and our planet.

  • FINANCIAL IMPACT

    We believe that being active stewards of our environment and our communities makes good business sense. Through EarthView, Hersha is able to drive incremental value by implementing efficiency initiatives with measurable returns. This approach creates value via expense reduction in the short term and increased real estate valuation in the long-term. Initiatives implemented as part of EarthView’s comprehensive program have, to date, achieved net savings of $11 million.

    Our sustainability commitment has been recognized by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT). EarthView has repeatedly been awarded the prestigious “Leader in the Light” award amongst Lodging & Resort companies for superior portfolio-wide energy use practices and sustainability initiatives. In 2018, Hersha also received the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) 5 Star rating.

    $11 Million

    EarthView’s recorded savings since inception through initiatives implemented across our portfolio

  • ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

    As a hotel company, we rely on nature’s resources to construct our buildings, fill them with heat and light, and transform ordinary buildings into extraordinary places to stay. Our hotels provide dining experiences, spas, engaging lobbies and a comfortable place for guests to relax at the end of the day. We strive to ensure that we provide the best experience to our guests, while also being responsible in regards to our environmental impact.

    As our portfolio continues to grow, we have an even greater obligation to ensure we are operating in a way that enhances our communities and preserves our local and global environment. Putting this philosophy into practice means we focus on reducing our environmental impact and integrating sustainable innovation across our value chain.

    15%

    Reduced energy consumption per occupied room across our portfolio versus our baseline year of 2010

     

    41%

    Reduced greenhouse gas emissions per occupied room across our portfolio versus our baseline year of 2010

     

    25%

    Waste diversion rate in 2018

     

    3%

    Reduced water consumption per occupied room across our portfolio versus our baseline year of 2010

  • SOCIAL IMPACT

    Per the words of Hersha’s founders, there is no greater dignity than that found in service. “Hearts that Serve” is one of our core values and reflects our long tradition of social responsibility and community engagement. We believe that people are our strength. By putting people first, we are able to provide for our guests, care for our neighborhoods, support our associates, and have a strong presence in our communities to drive positive change on a local and global scale.

    Our focus on communities is also reflected in our support of national and global programs that help care for those in need. We are fortunate to be in a position to create both awareness and consciousness for our guests and associates on pressing issues, while also helping members of our global communities. Learn more about our #LetsDoGood campaign to help communities around the world gain access to life-sustaining water.

    17,150

    Hours volunteered in our local communities since 2015

     

    $440,000

    Raised for Autism Awareness since 2015

     

    $200,000+

    Raised from the sale of EarthView water since 2014, providing clean water for communities in need around the world

     

    500,000

    New bars of soap sent to developing nations since 2011

Click here for the 2018 Hersha EarthView Sustainability Report