The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognizes Loews Hotels & Co for achieving 50001 Ready recognition status at 11 U.S. properties across the country. The DOE's 50001 Ready program, managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, offers a self-paced, no-cost way for organizations to build a culture of structured energy improvements that lead to deeper and sustained energy savings.
"Sustainability is part of the Loews Hotels & Co DNA. We’re seeing what we can do to make changes to drive our sustainability efforts, reduce our energy footprint, and be better environmental stewards," said Lonnie Miller, Assistant Area Director of Property Engineering Operations, Loews Hotel & Co.
In 2021, Loews enhanced its hotel energy management systems. Eleven properties pursued DOE’s 50001 Ready program, joining a cohort led by VEIC, a 50001 Ready Partner. With the help of the cohort and DOE’s 50001 Ready Navigator tool, and the Loews team, the hotel brand received 50001 Ready recognition status for the properties that participated in the program.
Furthermore, Loews uses the 50001 Ready recognition to enhance being a sustainable hotel brand, marketing a value of growing importance to partners and clients. For example, the company now participates in TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program, which helps interested parties find sustainable hotel properties.
Over time, Loews aims to earn recognition across the rest of the portfolio making 50001 Ready a brand standard. The top takeaways from the program are now being shared companywide. Loews will continue to modify the tools and strategies they learned on their journey to achieve 50001 Ready recognition status.