by Lisa A. Grimaldi | August 21, 2013
Eleven Big Apple hotels — the Waldorf Astoria, Ritz-Carlton Central Park, InterContinental Times Square, InterContinental Barclay New York, Millennium Broadway, Tryp NYC, Sheraton TriBeca, New Yorker Hotel, Grand Hyatt New York, Holiday Inn Express, and Carlton Hotel — have joined the New York City Hotel Water Conservation Challenge, sponsored by the city, to reduce their annual water consumption by 5 percent, a savings of 13 million gallons per year. The challenge is a joint initiative of the participating properties, which have been equipped with water meters and meter-reading devices that track consumption in near real time. The hotels will use 12 months of water consumption data to establish a baseline profile and track progress in reducing usage; the city will develop a toolkit of resources to help the hotels meet their targets efficiently.