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by Michael J. Shapiro | June 30, 2010

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts last week announced the Green Key Eco-Rating Program, a new, companywide environmental-sustainability standard for its properties in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. Participating hotels will receive a rating for their environmental performance. The system will complement Hyatt's existing EcoTrack system, a web-based platform that benchmarks energy use, water consumption, waste generation and greenhouse gas emissions for Hyatt's full-service hotels around the world. Both programs are part of the company's goals for 2015, which include: a 25 percent reduction in energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions per square meter from 2006 levels; a 20 percent reduction in water consumption per guest night from 2006 levels, and a 25 percent reduction in waste generation per guest night from 2010 levels.